Road Trip to Central and Eastern Oregon

We took a 4 day road trip to see some new sites and old ones in our Oregon.

never get tired of looking at the Three Sisters                                             our cabin aka tiny home

stopped at The Cowboy Dinner Tree for dinner

Oregon Painted Hills in the northwest United States, is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Wheeler County,
Oregon. It totals 3,132 acres and is located 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon.

The John Day Fossil Beds
Seven million years ago rivers chewed down into the soft, ashy soils of large floodplains, carving out river channels and creating lush riparian zones. These riparian woodlands and meadows were the home to grazing ungulates (horses/ camelids) and burrowing mammals (moles, gophers, and ground squirrels). Aridification through time caused a shift from mixed hardwood forests to tall grasslands and semiarid wooded shrubland, similar to what is seen in the current John Day River Valley. Life in the valley was dangerous, with predators about like short faced bears, coyote-like dogs, and multiple species of saber tooth cats.

The John Day Fossil Beds                                                  green water running off iron clay mountians

Pendleton Underground Tours
is a non-profit corporation that started in 1989, giving tours of Pendleton’s red light district. The tour was very controversial because part of the subject matter is about gambling, the Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. In 1990, after opening the “Cozy Rooms” bordello, Chinese jails and the Opium Den, the tour became even more questionable. The history of legal and illegal businesses operating in the same area for over 100 years makes the tour unique and like no other tour anywhere. The history of the Chinese in Eastern Oregon and their role in building the west is also unique. The tour is entertaining and interesting to all ages from 6 years old to 95 years old there is something for every member of the family.

Statue of Beloved Brothel Madam                                 

The bawdy town of Pendleton was once famous for its bootlegging and brothels, 18 in all. The most popular was the Cozy Rooms, and its madam was Stella Darby, who ran it from 1928 until she retired in 1967. At the time the town was glad to see her go -- but as the years passed the town's opinion of Stella softened from condemnation to acceptance to appreciation.
On August 27, 2014, Pendleton unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Stella outside the former entrance to her Main Street bordello. Sculpted by retired local art teacher Randy Gundlach, the metallic Darby wears oriental lounge attire and high heels.

Stonehenge Washington
The Maryhill Stonehenge is a replica of Stonehenge in England located in Maryhill, Washington. It was commissioned in the early twentieth century by businessman Samuel Hill and dedicated on July 4, 1918 as a memorial to those who had died in World War I. The memorial was completed in 1929. It is constructed of concrete.