Born to Wander these Painted Hills

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“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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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

If you would like a full list of road trip essentials, please check out my website https://nothingbutgears.com/road-trip-essentials

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40 Comments Add yours

  1. stbarbebaker says:

    Beautiful wise words of advice

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Annie says:

    Your photos of your beautiful adventure are more like museum paintings. I hope some day that my travels will take me there. If they do, I’ll be happy for all your advice….especially not visiting alone.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Iโ€™m happy you like the pictures. I hope that you get to visit it too. Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll enjoy it as much as I did. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. ezmoments19 says:

    When I come back to the states I need to go! What is your favorite national park ?

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes you need to go. So far my favorite National Park is still Arches NP in Utah โค๏ธ

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  4. jungletrekkingcambodiaratanakiri says:

    Nice to read your post ๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks. I will check it out.

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  5. I wish I’d gotten the time to get there too. So unusual. Great pictures, Bel, and well worth the short hike.

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    1. Bel says:

      Next time you head to Bend – itโ€™s worth the 2 hour drive. So quiet and not a lot of people seem to visit.

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  6. E says:

    That place looks really nice .Someday I hope to go on a similar road trip ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. Absolutely beautiful, Bel! But…I’ll pass on Overlook Trail! ๐Ÿ˜€ Great photos as always!

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    1. Bel says:

      Lol! Why am I not surprised? Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. LOL! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  8. Fred says:

    Bend really is the stepping off point for a lot of adventures.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, so much to see from there.

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  9. Kaylena says:

    Beautiful. This East coaster is praying for the day she gets to explore the West!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. Youโ€™ll definitely love it as much as I did…๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. Chuck Lee says:

    Beautiful photography and great commentary. Makes me want to be there.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Itโ€™s easy to photograph beautiful places!

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  11. Very hauntingly beautiful landscape.

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi, Cindy! It is a beautiful landscape. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  12. I so enjoy reading your blog. Your sensitivity and humor come through in your words.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! That is very insightful of you. Much appreciated ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. Wonderful colors and landscapes Bel! I’m sorry I didn’t see this when I was in Oregon.

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    1. Bel says:

      Now you have more reasons to come back for a visit ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Ha. I like how you think Bel!

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  14. exoticnita54 says:

    Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ..

    Painted hills..

    I really thought it was just your blog title..

    I have never Of of such place.
    So Iโ€™m really thankful that you choose to feature it in this blog and give me the pleasure of learning of its existence….

    And itโ€™s so awesome that you suggested and inform your readers of how to equipped themselves if they decided to see this amazing wonder of Oregon…

    Itโ€™s really breathtaking …

    Thanks so much for taking us along with you..

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    1. Bel says:

      Itโ€™s really an amazing place and the experience was something that will stay with me. Driving the lonely road on my own was liberating in so many ways. Iโ€™m so happy Iโ€™m able to share the experience with amazing people like you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. exoticnita54 says:

        So glad you did share your experience..๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜บ๏ธ

        Me ….!?????

        Amazing???!!!!!๐Ÿค”

        I really donโ€™t know if I can agree with that statement…

        But Iโ€™m damn fabulous..

        Hahahaha..โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‡

        And so are you….

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      2. Bel says:

        Love your comments! Thank you again from the bottom of my traveling heart. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      3. exoticnita54 says:

        Every time miss bel..

        Keep that wandering sprit high.. and keep on sharing your travels to these amazing places..

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      4. Bel says:

        Iโ€™ll do my best โค๏ธ

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      5. exoticnita54 says:

        โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Œ

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  15. Very well written… Loved the way you expressed yourself… Also the list was informative… Cheers!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

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