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Camp, hunt dinosaur bones, see FULL solar eclipse in Oregon!!

  • John Day Fossil Beds

    PO Box 100, John Day, OR (map)

    44.415989 -118.953011

  • I'm suggesting a visit to Oregon, my old home state, to hike and camp, hunt for dinosaur bones and then, by the way, take in a FULL eclipse of the sun. All on the same day!!!

    This all can happen at about 10:15 am on Aug. 21 with a full eclipse of the sun as the moon’s shadow sweeps across the John Day Fossil Beds. See:

    An RSVP means you are interested, and intend to go if this gets organized.

    I witnessed the last total eclipse while I was living in Oregon. Clouds obscured the galactic event except for brief moments. But the clouds did not obscure what is known as the Wall of Darkness and the eclipse took its full effect as the black shadow swept across the land.

    I'm interested in a trip to central Oregon to see this event, at a time and place where the odds are greater for a clear view of the solar show.

    I would plan to camp on Aug. 20, be up and ready for the show on the morning of Aug. 21 and then explore -- BUT NOT TAKE ANYTHING -- some of the Fossil Beds. We’d camp that night before heading back to Cali.

    Right now, I'm assessing interest. If there is a great response then I'll organize this Oregon adventure. If not then I might have given some folks a great idea for a road trip next August!!!

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  • Kip C.

    In addition to the dispersed camping on federal land, I think I'll do some research on wilderness backpacking spots within the eclipse band. Want to have all options in play.

    1 · November 17

    • Kip C.

      Yep. So there will be two groups, or one if people decide not to go which happens to me regularly. And that's OK.

      1 · November 19

    • Alan W

      The Mill Creek Wilderness starting at the Wildcat campground looks intriguing, so long as the access road is decent. Topo is at http://data.fs.usda.g...­

      November 20

  • kristin

    I am planning my 2017 calendar now, and I hope this is a trip I could confirm!

    November 1

    • Kip C.

      You are first and that just about guarantees you're going.

      1 · November 1

    • Bonnie

      I have been searching Mt Jefferson or parts of the PCT that are in the "zone". Lots of options. Madras is a good place to start as in the east (better weather) and many trailheads nearby.

      November 18

  • Kip C.

    Well, I tried most of the eclipse band for reserved sites on reserveamerica. No luck. Unless someone else scored, it looks like dispersed or wilderness camping. Or setting up outside the band as a last option.

    November 17

    • Valerie T.

      Lol Jane, I am in a campground with generators, barking dogs and a roaring racetrack next door. Still lovely late at night with the setting moon and the meteor shower.

      November 17

    • Alan W

      The logistics of distributed camping could be tricky because we don't know what we will be facing in terms of competition. No suggestions at this point, just an observation.

      November 17

  • Kip C.

    This is a map of camping sites in the Fossil Beds vicinity. I'm attached a bit to Priest Hole dispersed camping just north of the Painted Hill Units. See the linked map:

    Here is a Google overview of the site and I think there are some photos attached, too.,-120.271624,1194m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m15!1m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x0!2zNDTCsDQ0JzIxLjQiTiAxMjDCsDE2JzE2LjQiVw!3b1!8m2!3d44.739284!4d-120.271213!3m6!1s0x0:0x3182f06d9766c23b!8m2!3d44.7396225!4d-120.2707592!9m1!1b1

    November 7

  • Kathleen Mecchi C.

    Very interested!

    October 31

    • Kip C.

      Then you should get on the waitlist!

      November 1

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