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Sunday, July 4, 2010

June 29, 2010 Nature All Around Us


We left Lake Ochoco County Park now on our way to the town of John Day. We made a planned stop at the captivating and intriguing (to me anyway) Thomas Condon Paleontology Center at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. What a place! It covers a 40-million-year record of plant and animal life and to this day is still excavating and finding more treasures to our past!

Across the road is the absolutely charming James Cant Ranch Historic District. The back drop to the ranch is Sheep Rock. After enjoying our lunch under some blooming apple trees on the groomed lawn, we walked around some of the historic buildings and the interior of the house. We ended this excursion with a drive through the fossil bed area. See Photos

Our stop for the night was the Clyde Holiday State Park – how pretty! It was actually like being in a park. There was an Ochoco River walk which we took, and along the way enjoyed the wonderful wild flowers. It also gave us the opportunity to catch up with our families as they had wonderful Internet service…But oh no….mosquitoes! JM

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