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Oregon Cascade Mountains Tour Guiding Services
 
 
Warnstaff Photography and Tour Guide Services

 
 

 
 
 
 

Shaniko, Clarno, Painted Hills, Twickenham, Sheep Rock Units,

Photographic Tours and Workshops

This tour leans towards capturing the ancient geological history of Oregon though we begin by capturing the images of the Old West at the ghost town of Shaniko.
The tour demands a two night stay in a motel of your choice.  My choice is the Oregon Motel in Mitchell as they offer free coffee and muffins in the morning regardless of the time we leave for our day's events.  The number for making reservations at the
Oregon Motel is: (541) 462-3027,
and for the Sky Hook Motel is, (541) 462-3569.
Our day will begin early in the morning as we travel from Portland, Oregon, to our first stop in the town of Grass Valley before arriving at the town of Shaniko.  We will spend approximently 1-2 hours photographing the sites before departing for the first of the John Day Fossil Beds Units, the Clarno Pallisades.  Here you will discover the remains of massive lahars as they have cascaded down from the ancient volcanoes that once inundated this region above steamy jungles that had once lain at their feet where miniature deer, bear dogs, rhinocerous and sabre-toothed tigers once roamed.  There are many possibilities from which to choose to photograph here, and time is not as much a restraint once we arrive at the Unit from Shaniko as we have only to arrive at the Painted Hills Unit before sunset a few hours drive distant.
Early in the morning on Saturday we will depart for the Painted Hills 
Unit to capture the sunrise over several locations at the Unit.  It is solely your choice where to capture the images you prefer, I will point out the two best locations I know and have captured in the past, but there are others and we will drive through the Unit upon our arrival the night before so you have an idea where you choose to be setup for the following morning.

The day will include shooting at the Red Hill, Leaf Hill Trail, from along and above the Carroll Rim, the Overlook Trail at the Main Unit, also, the Painted Cove Trail.  
At noon we will either venture back to Mitchell to eat lunch at several locations we have to choose from, both have excellent service.  
Then, we will drive to Twickenham to photograph the massive Brown, Red, and Black Basalt cliffs and fields that rim the roadway.  With any luck,  the rains of spring will descend upon the area while we are at lunch, and create beautiful waterfalls along the cliff's faces as they cascade into view of our lenses.  We can also, time willing, drive along the roadway leading to the Painted hills Unit to the area of Burnt Rock, an ancient volcano that sits at the banks of the John Day River a few miles from the Unit.
That evening we will journey back to Mitchell to eat dinner, and finally, gather together to talk of the day's shoot, and for those wanting to capture sunset pictures, we will journey back to the Painted Hills.  Just a note, starlight images are possible here as they are at Clarno, and if anyone chooses to do so, I will accomodate you for the entirety of the night's events.
The following morning we will depart early to arrive an hour and 20 minutes later at Cathedral Rock to capture the sunrise over the John Day River and Cathedral Rock.  Once we have accomplished capturing our images we will either venture to the Blue Basin Trailhead, to which I recommend hiking on the lower trail through the green, claystone deposits that resemble hoodoos as they rise up from the floor of the canyon.  The Upper Trail offers views down into the canyon and over the Unit towards Cathedral Rock, but I would choose this area only at sunset as the claystones turn a bright turquoise from the golden rays of the setting sun.
We also have a choice to hike into the region adjoining Goose Rock where hoodoos remain from what once was the Western Sea.  Along this trail you will walk upon the marbled bedrock of the ancient sea, a short hike, and if not for the hoodoos, I would pass it and visit the Thomas Condon Paleontology Museum, by donation only, and a remarakable and most beautiful museum where awaits many artifacts and fossils of the region.  The murals on the walls of the museum depict scenes as they may have appeared during the  Oligocene Period beginning some 34 million years back and ending 24 million years past.  

A Must See!

Lunch on the final day at the Sheep Rock Unit will be furnished by me from the Deli in Mitchell as there ar no services at the Sheep Rock Unit.
Our return can be directly back to Portland on Hwy. 26, or we can drive through the remaining points of the Sheep Rock region and eventually emerge onto I-84 and back to Portland.
All expenses excluding the box lunch on the final day is at your own discretion.

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John Day Fossil Beds Tour Guiding Services

$75.00 Per Person Per Day, 2 Person Minimum, 3 Person Maximum In My Own Vehicle if Transportation Requested, Fuel Charge Split Between Everyone, and Accomodations, Food, Hotel--Your Own Minus Final Day Lunch Supplied.
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Clarno Fossil Beds Tour Guiding Services
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