Blue Basin

How about some colorful scenery to start your Monday? On Saturday I hiked the Blue Basin Overlook trail, in the Sheep Rock unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The name comes from the blue-green color of the rock formations, which were originally laid down as volcanic ash. I readily admit to not knowing a lot about geology, but the layers upon layers of white, red, pink, and blue-green rock and soil in this whole region are beautiful.

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Once, this was a tropical jungle inhabited by strange prehistoric mammals, whose fossil skulls are now on display at the visitor’s center down the road. How times have changed.

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