“If you never go, you will never know.” – Anonymous
Painted Hills is considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. I just had to see it. I left Bend at 5 am and began my journey while it was still dark outside. It was a 2-hour drive to Mitchell. A very lonely and isolated trip to another middle of nowhere destination. My kind of road trip.
I’m glad I wasn’t driving too fast because when I turned on one corner there was a deer about to cross and I hit my brakes right away. We both stared at each other until it decided to cross the road. I should have taken a picture of it. I’m still slow when it comes to wildlife photography but I’ll get there. I am so amazed every time I see them that I capture it in my mind instead of using a camera. As you can see below, I took the picture right after the deer left. My apologies.
As soon as I reached Painted Hills the road was not paved at all. It was a gravel road which is probably why most of the people who live in the area drive trucks. I was completely alone again. I enjoyed the quiet time and explored the area.
Sometimes you lose yourself in places like this and there are no words to describe the experience. Another unforgettable place in Oregon forever imprinted in my heart.
Tips for this trip:
1. Even if I did this on my own, I would not recommend doing this trip alone. There is at least an hour where you’re driving on a lonely road without any signal at all.
2. Bring enough water and food.
3. Bring a map and GPS. Don’t simply rely on your phone.
4. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before starting this trip. There are no nearby gas stations along the way.
5. I would recommend having a couple of things when going on a road trip.
a)Air Compressor – For your tires. This will come in handy especially when driving on rough roads.
EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump, Digital Tire Inflator by 100 PSI
b) Shovel – If your car gets stuck in the mud, sand, or snow this will be a lifesaver.
Iunio Military Portable Folding Shovel [31 inch Length ]and Pickax with Tactical Waist Pack 10-in-1 Army Surplus Multitool for Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Trench Entrenching Tool, Car Emergency etc.
c)Flat tire repair kit – Especially if you’ll be driving on gravel roads or places without signal. This one is a lifesaver. This is also an air compressor.
Slime 70005 Safety Spair 7-Minute Flat Tire Repair System
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