Riding to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument! Almost there!
Welcome to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument!
This is a brilliant road!
It was getting HOT! We pulled in to the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center so that Kristhawee could pick up a Junior Ranger workbook and we could start learning about the John Day Fossil Beds.
My happy boy at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument with Sheep Rock in the background-
The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center was quite fascinating and we spent a long time exploring and learning-
This fascinating tree shows the evolution of the horse species- the original horse was about the size of a small dog!
Hands on learning! Checking out fossils:
Kristhawee went straight to work on his Junior Ranger book; I’m so proud of my boy!
A map and some information about the Sheep Rock unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument:
For any who might want to learn more about this fascinating National Monument here’s a link to the National Park Service website for the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument:
It was about 100 degrees outside (you can see the sweat stains on my boy’s shirt), so I was more than happy to chill out in the air conditioned paleontology center and let Kristhawee do his thing-
Coloring is fun!
While Kristhawee colored I spoke with a friendly Park Ranger to get some advice on camping in area. There is no camping or lodging within the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, but the Ranger kindly recommended we continue north on Highway 19 and then further north up into the mountains to the campground at Bull Prairie Lake:
Back out into the heat, examining Sheep Mountain through a high powered telescope-
A gorgeous new R1200RT boxer had parked up next to the old Land Yacht-