Boy, it feels good to be on the road again! I was thinking about making that song my title for this entry until I found out that I followed the Over the River and Through The Woods Scenic Byway. Then I was on the McKenzie Pass (route 126) and finally on the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway (still route 126). I ended the day at the Clyde Holliday State Park in the midst of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
After setting up - wow, putting the jacks down and using the slide-out - I attended a short program explaining the importance of the National Monument. Where I am caped used to be the seashore about 10 million years ago! The Cascades were formed because of bedrock slamming against the shore, going under the land, heating up, producing hot springs, then erupting, spreading volcanic ash all over the place. These volcanoes are different from the ones in Hawaii, where molten lava flows, then hardens. So, the ash buried and preserved plant and animal life and, as the earth erodes, more and more of the past is uncovered and explored.
On the way here, I stopped after only an hour of driving because I came upon Foster Lake and Dam and found that a beautiful place to stop and eat breakfast. A little while later, I came upon a burnt out forest and a good view of Oregon's Mt. Washington with snow on its peak, still. Speaking of snow in July, the whole rim around Crater Lake opened up on 7/17. They had equipment breakdowns and no budget to fix them, thanks to Pres. Bush. OK, on east and past the mountains to the high desert and buttes. I learned that they were part of a great plain formed by volcanic ash, but rivers had finally gotten through the hard layers and could quickly traverse the under layers all around an area, causing the plateaus looking like flat mountains, hence the name butte.
John Day was a guy looking for the mouth of the Columbia River in 1810, but got lost. He was found near the mouth of the John Day River (I forget what it was originally called - something simple like Mah), so the whole river and surrounding area was called John Day's River and John Day this and John Day that. Just for getting lost!
It is hot here, as in most of the USA so I understand, and I have heard as much as I want to about ancient times, so I will move on in the morning. I'm going to try to get up very early and get started before it gets too awful hot. The AC in the main room either isn't working too good or can't keep up with the heat produced by the outside and the engine. But the bedroom AC keeps that room very cool. Also, it is better for the engine and everything else to go in the cool of the morning. I can play a cassette while parked at sunset, but that same cassette makes Neil Diamond sound like he's lisping and singing slower in his old age. With hardly any radio stations coming in, the ride is very quiet so I might start singing or talking out loud to myself! Uh oh!
Well, I'm back to traveling and telling stories - those of you still with me must like this or else you feel obligated (family) or else you are a glutton for punishment! I like you for hanging in there with me, though. Hope that's worth something to you, as your reading is worth lots to me!