Service Creek to Painted Hills – what are cackleberries??!!

Having arrived in the dark, enjoyed a dinner of fat free wheat Triscuits and a shared cup of cold milk, we collapsed into bed and slept despite the thin walls of the lodge.

25 Sep – We got up around 6am and had a great (and rather large) breakfast during which we learned that eggs were called “cackleberries” around here – go figure. Since we had arrived in the dark, now was the time to take our first look around and once again we were amazed by the nature around us.

Service Creek Lodge

Service Creek Lodge

We set off around 9am and very soon found out that around here the streets didn’t belong to cars in the first place…

Horses on the road

Horses on the road

So we decided to say ‘hi’ and meet the locals…

Saying hello to the locals

Saying 'hello' to the locals

A new day – lots of new sights to see. We constantly tried to imagine the first settlers making their difficult way through this territory, fighting to make it and yet being hit by the beauty of the breathtaking panoramas. Of course we had it quite easy as we drove our comfortable car along excellent roads….

Around the John Day Fossil Beds

Around the John Day Fossil Beds

In the middle of no-where we encountered road works and took a slightly wrong turn…. which brought us to Mitchell, OR. Definitely worth a picture, we thought. Here it is:

Mitchell

Mitchell

After turning around, we did make it to the Painted Hills… and it was well worth it!

Painted Hills (1)

Painted Hills (1)

WOW!! And just because it was such a great sight, here is another one:

Painted Hills (2)

Painted Hills (2)

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