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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - Wheeler County RV Park, Fossil & Shaniko, OR, Day 3, 0 Miles, 448.2 Towing Miles For the Trip
Last night was another warm evening. I kept the AC running until 8:00 or so, until it cooled below the 78°F I had it set for.
After breakfast I headed to one of the John Day Fossil Bed sites at the national monument. There are 3 sites, 2 of which I visited in 2014. This time I stopped at the Clarno location along OR 218. I stopped along the way (and way back) for a couple of old building photos. I'm glad I didn't have the trailer on Or 218; lots of hills & switchbacks. I photographed one of them, but it doesn't show up all that well. I will be taking OR 19 to get to my planned next stop, Clyde Holiday State Park, which looks to be just as bad.
|A Barn Along OR 218||Along OR 218||Clarno Unit, John Day NM||Clarno Unit, John Day NM|
|Clarno Unit, John Day NM|
|Clarno Unit, John Day NM||Do You See a Face?||Switchbacks on OR 218|
After a short half mile hike at the Clarno Unit, I headed on west to Shaniko. Shaniko is described as a ghost town, but there is plenty of people living there (at least for a ghost town - it even has a US Post Office). Lots of old buildings and a Ice Cream parlor that served a great roast beef sandwich for lunch.
|Shaniko||An Old Truck|
|Shaniko Wedding Chapel||An Old Phone Switchboard||Ice Cream Parlor||Shaniko School|
|Another Old Building||Antelope, OR School|
On the way back I stopped for another old building, as well as what I hope is an abandoned school in Antelope, OR, another small, town along OR 218.
By the way, I haven't mentioned it yet, but the Verizon connection here at Fossil is one of the fastest I've had on the trip. There is no AT&T service anywhere in the area. I'm thinking of getting a Verizon pre paid non data phone just to cover the many no AT&T areas I've found. It is good that there is strong Verizon coverage - the only radio station is country western, not one of my favorites. I still have XM Radio, but I do like to listen to a "live" connection, and most of XM Radio is anything but.
After returning to the campground i sat out and finished reading Anita Shreve's The Stars Are Fire.
Since I had lunch, dinner was simple - cheese & crackers.
Until next time -
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