Diamond Craters and Round Barn

Next up was an exploration of Oregon’s Diamond Craters, an area that – other than the craters – has more lava flows, cinder cones, and spatter cones. Located in a fairly remote area… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 3: Sheep Rock

I visited the Sheep Rock Unit last, spending an entire day there. While this area has rock formations no less stunning than the other two units, the stars here really are the fossils.… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 2: Clarno

The Clarno area of the park showcases formations from the time directly preceding the Painted Hills, from 54 to 37 million years ago, and shows a very complete record of the different mammals… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 1: The Painted Hills

The John Day Fossil Beds are three separate areas in central Oregon managed by the National Park Service. Where there are fossils, there are usually interesting rocks and with that, I headed towards… Continue reading

Driving and Hiking Along the Historic Columbia River Highway: A Saga

This wasn’t the first time on this trip I wandered into something unprepared. A week or two before my arrival I had been looking up geologically significant places in Oregon on the Internet… Continue reading

The Trail of Ten Falls, Silver Falls State Park

I made my way north in Oregon, travelling temporarily from the drier central areas to the forested foothills of the Cascades and Silver Falls State Park. The Trail of Ten Falls lies in… Continue reading

Anyone Have Any Big Plans for the Weekend?

Because I do! My friend Rachel is flying into Salt Lake City and we’re going to 5 (yes, FIVE!!!) National Parks in 15 days: Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches in Utah and then… Continue reading

And Yet Another Gorgeous Body of Water

After my swim in Detroit Lake I continued on my way only to encounter another stunning body of water that grabbed my attention from the road. It may actually have been an extension… Continue reading

Detroit Lake, a Lovely Blend of Blue and Green

After leaving Newberry National Volcanic Monument I headed northwest along Route 22 and happily came upon a lovely lake. Situated 45 miles southeast of Salem, Detroit Lake boasts aquamarine waters and abundant plant… Continue reading

Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Or, An Excuse to Post Lots of Pictures of Rocks.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument surrounds the area of Newberry volcano and includes lava flows, obsidian fields, cinder cones surrounding volcanic vents, and a lava tube. From the highest point in the park, Paulina… Continue reading