Annual Eastern Oregon trip

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Last year, I shared some photo's of our annual hunting trip to Eastern Oregon:
https://www.mu-43.com/threads/eastern-oregon.100357/
...the thread was well received so I thought I'd post some pics from this year.
On the way over, I made another stop at the John Day Fossil Beds visitor's center. Petrified wood with part of Sheep Rock in the background
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From something small to something kind of big. This was a fun night for astro as there was just a ton of shooting stars.
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Cattle chute in Dollar Basin
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Sometimes still photos have sound, if you use some imagination
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My freezer is pretty full, so I didn't hunt all that hard. That left me time for some strictly photo-centric hikes. I went back to a remote slot canyon I found years ago hoping that recent rains brought the waterfalls back to life (no such luck).
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I love opening a box of camping gear months later and being greeted with a cloud of dust (not even joking).
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Visited this old line shack on another bow-less hike.
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Road to somewhere
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I've been coming to these special places for purt near 30 years, but my time in John Day has always been limited to showers at the fairgrounds, gas for the Jeep, and groceries from Chester's (their fried chicken is yummy and a camp staple). This year, I left camp and spent a night at a cheap motel (just 55 bucks!). This was after a nice meal at 1188 Brewing Company, which was after a visit to the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site. This is an amazing time capsule; I can't do the story justice in this space, so I encourage you to look it up if you have a second. It's worth a visit if you're ever in these parts.
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My plan was to stay in JD in order to leave early to reach the Painted Hills for sunrise. Pretty much everything I read said sunset was better for photography, but I gave it a shot anyways.
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Close up look at the Painted Hills- shadow added for scale :)
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I spent a few hours on dirt roads before heading home on state highways. This was a lot of fun, and I saw some spectacular country.
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John Day River
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Mine entrance?
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Donnybrook School
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Already planning out next year's "long way home".
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Great shots. My wife and I love to wander around eastern Oregon. And it has been years since we visited the museum. Good to hear that it is still in operation.

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Last year, I shared some photo's of our annual hunting trip to Eastern Oregon:
https://www.mu-43.com/threads/eastern-oregon.100357/
...the thread was well received so I thought I'd post some pics from this year.
On the way over, I made another stop at the John Day Fossil Beds visitor's center. Petrified wood with part of Sheep Rock in the background
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From something small to something kind of big. This was a fun night for astro as there was just a ton of shooting stars.
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Cattle chute in Dollar Basin
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Sometimes still photos have sound, if you use some imagination
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My freezer is pretty full, so I didn't hunt all that hard. That left me time for some strictly photo-centric hikes. I went back to a remote slot canyon I found years ago hoping that recent rains brought the waterfalls back to life (no such luck).
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I love opening a box of camping gear months later and being greeted with a cloud of dust (not even joking).
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Visited this old line shack on another bow-less hike.
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Road to somewhere
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I've been coming to these special places for purt near 30 years, but my time in John Day has always been limited to showers at the fairgrounds, gas for the Jeep, and groceries from Chester's (their fried chicken is yummy and a camp staple). This year, I left camp and spent a night at a cheap motel (just 55 bucks!). This was after a nice meal at 1188 Brewing Company, which was after a visit to the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site. This is an amazing time capsule; I can't do the story justice in this space, so I encourage you to look it up if you have a second. It's worth a visit if you're ever in these parts.
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My plan was to stay in JD in order to leave early to reach the Painted Hills for sunrise. Pretty much everything I read said sunset was better for photography, but I gave it a shot anyways.
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Close up look at the Painted Hills- shadow added for scale :)
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I spent a few hours on dirt roads before heading home on state highways. This was a lot of fun, and I saw some spectacular country.
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John Day River
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Mine entrance?
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Donnybrook School
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Already planning out next year's "long way home".
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Wonderful photos. I love the shot with the trees.
 
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