Back In The Saddle, All Systems Go.

From Hi Valley RV Park it was W/B Hwy. 26 to our next chosen stop at Clyde Holliday State Park between Mt. Vernon and John Day, OR. This was a very nice state park albeit out in the middle of nowhere. The park was very green, lots of color-changing trees, grass, and spacious W/E sites with dump station on site and nice hedges separating the sites. They had a nice little trail along the John Day River that led to a small fishing pond/lake at a day use area.

Our home at Clyde Holliday State Park.

Colors changing all around us.

The park had 2 large tepees they rent out for the adventurous sorts…

The trail follows the John Day River.

The small pond/lake at the day use area.

We found several of these scattered about the area, looks like Osprey nests.

Woody got to play in the falling leaves…

We loaded up Woody and ventured out from the campground to visit the  John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We hit the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center (kinda the main visitor’s center) and watched an 18 minute video of the area’s history, then Woody led us on a hike combining the Blue Basin Overlook Trail & the Island in Time Trail. Woody (and his humans) got a heck of a workout! The scenery was well worth the effort. The only glitch was when we got to the top of the Blue Basin Trail. Now, my standard practice when hiking such trails is to carry a Roscoe in my back pack/camel back (it’s a Mustang .380, more effective as a noise maker than a bear-stopper). When we got to the top of the trail, I spied a good-sized coyote kinda paralleling our travels up the hill about 200-300 yards from us. It was just close enough that I transitioned Roscoe from my pack to my pocket. We kept Woody moving and continued on the trail to the downhill side until it appeared we had “lost our tail”. Whew! Near the bottom of the trail it intersected with the Island in Time trail and we took that one to it’s end. The park folks did a nice job of placing re-creations of fossil finds throughout the trail, with signs describing a little history about “the history”.

Jeanne heading up the Blue Basin Overlook Trail.

Some of the views.

Looking down upon the heart of Blue Basin

Pretty gnarly mountains.

Looking down toward the valley.

This was the sole shaded rest area along the 3 hour trail, not that we needed it on this overcast day. Jeanne and Woody took advantage of the breather anyway…

They call it Blue Basin, I have no idea why. Everything is green, even the water…

The sun hit the mountain just right

Again looking down on the heart of Blue Basin.

On the Island in Time Trail.

Doesn’t look blue to me…

One of the re-creations of a fossil find, with a little info about it.

Here’s the re-creation…

The Island in Time Trail had a whole bunch of metal bridges over the green creek, Woody took them like a champ.

Another of the fossil Re-creations.

A replica of a fossilized oreodont. Don’t I sound like a highly edyoumicated skolar?!

Another sight to see in the area was the Kam Wah Chung Heritage House in John Day. This is touted as a living time capsule originally built in the 1870’s when Chinese Immigration to the area was “booming”. In 1887 Ing Hay (a prominent herbalist and pulsologist) and Lung On (a big time businessman) bought the building and set up shop. They stayed, even after the Chinese immigrants took off for bigger cities. Lung On developed some medical issues that caused the two to lock up the building and set out to obtain medical attention for Lung On. They never returned to the building, Lung On died in 1940 and Ing Hay never returned, himself passing away in 1952. His wish was that the building be deeded to the city of John Day, to be maintained as a museum. After some clean up and restoration years later, here it was. The free, ranger guided tour of the building was interesting for all you history buffs out there.

Doc Hay’s herbal stash.

One of the bedrooms inside the business.

The stores of the Store.

Here’s their entertainment. Terry Kelly, you might have an interest in this, I understand you like old radios…

They may have run a bit of a cathouse business back then, as well as an opium den.

Desk area in a bunk room.

Some of these old labels are not far different from those of today.

The kitchen area.

Welcome to Kam Wah Chung & Co.

We had planned to make one other stop on our way to Harrisburg, that was a boondock site near Painted Hills to check them out. Well, my luck ran out many moons ago, it seems. We found the small boondock area off of Burnt Ranch Rd. Pulling off the pavement into the dirt road area and through an open gate, I caught a rut pretty good which kicked up and nailed the front corner of my front cap. The cap being made of fiberglass, you can imagine which surface won between the solid earth and flexible fiberglass. It ticked me off just enough to cancel the stop altogether. So, off we were all the way into Harrisburg. It was a quick 1 hour job at Elite to get some aluminum plating installed at the base of the slide-out, over the 4 rollers, then on to RV Corral in Ugly Gene (more commonly known as Eugene, OR). They include Tiffin products in their sales and service and are, in fact, the dealer we bought Rosie the bus from. The bummer of the whole deal is the extra 2 days wait for the paint to settle down for the Diamond Shield guy to come and do his thing. But, hey, they let you stay on the lot with power hook-ups, so I can’t complain much. Besides, the folks at RV Corral are great to work with and they give a discount to military and first responders, even broken down old ones who roam the country aimlessly in an RV. 

On our way into Harrisburg, we found this shoe tree off Hwy. 26.

Oops! #%&$*@!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had these aluminum plates installed over the rollers for the slide out at Elite RV Renovations and Repairs.

Another day and a half and we should be S/B and down, headed back to see family and do medical appointments in Kalifornia, hoping for clear, non-smoky skies. We’re back in the saddle, all systems go, until next post…

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