Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tee-Pee Camping in Eastern Oregon

Last weekend we spent two nights in a Tee-Pee at Clyde Holiday State Park at the John Day River.  - It took us over five hours to get there, but we were prepared.  I had packed a picnic for the road complete with a pint of yummy golden tomatoes (tastes just like candy), a couple of salad's from New Seasons Market, bread, blueberries, sparkling water, salami, and also a small brick of Emmenthaler cheese.

Picnic break 
It was just amazing.  We drove along the John Day River and through the John Day Fossil Beds which by the way are a National Monument.
Alena, Mia Rose, and myself at the Candon Museum

The next stop was our, fun, fun minus the mosquito's.  I ended up with 40 plus bites as there is absolutely no netting, to keep them out.  But we sure had fun.  Ron prepared our newly found camping dish of Fajitas, which were again amazing.  Here are some more pictures...
"Our" Tee-Pee
Yummy Fajitas are cooking on the camp fire

The next day we saw the Painted Hills - there are no words to describe them -

Amazing colors
In regards to food however, we brought - as usual - most everything along.  Soy Milk, chocolate for s'mores, eating was not an issue at all.

We still wanted to go swimming, and soak in a Hot Spring.  A range told us that we could drive back via Pendelton, and stop at Ritter Hot Springs . We drove 11 Miles off the main road into the - seemingly - middle of nowhere. I did not know what to expect and I admit my fear of rattlesnakes, black widow's, and scorpions when we turned off the road to get to the Hot Springs.  11 Miles off the road...and was amazed to find an actual swimming pool.  Needless to say that the girls loved it...oh yes, there was also a soaking tub.  Walk through the grass - but watch for snakes we were told-, over a suspension bridge (I went), and into the hot tub...a couple more pictures.

All in all it was an amazing long weekend.  Fun, fun, fun...

I hope you are all enjoying your summer as well :)


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