In three extensive driving tours, this lively, in-depth guide leads to some favorite places in the eastern part of Oregon.
Alan D. St. John
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I first spotted this book at the Thomas Condon Visitor's Center at the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds just a few miles west of Dayville, Oregon. It is filled with the most gorgeous color photos of both the landscape and the wildlife of central and eastern Oregon. Paging through it, I recognized that I had already visited 60% or 70% of the places featured, with my family over the last thirty years, and it brought back so many good memories. I knew I had to have it, but I also knew I wasn't going to pay $30 for a new one, especially in paperback. Amazon to the rescue! I bought three copies, used, and they arrievd in excellent, "like new" condition. I gave them as momentos to my family, inscribed with a dedication recounting the many places described that we had visited together. The author just happens to be an outstanding photographer as well.
This book provides, in stunning pictures, as well as words, a picture of Oregon that most people don't know exists. It is a travel guide that covers small towns and natural areas in good detail. Most people don't know that these places exist, an a vacation or weekend trip to these areas will get you away from the crowds (unless you choose to attend a local festival, where the crowds are still not exceedingly large).
St John gives listings of wildflowers and wildlife you might see along the route or at your destination and when the best chances of sightings occur. These helpful hints prove to be very useful. Being a desert rat, I find it easy to see the beauty in the remote areas St John describes.
I live in Southern California and discovered this unique area a few years ago. And I keep going back even though it's an 800 mile drive. That's how fascinating this place is. As other reviewers point out, Eastern Oregon is rarely visited. Let's hope it stays that way.
An interesting aspect of this book is that the author took all the photographs. He's as good a photographer as he is a writer so the text and the images are closely related.
There are a handful of other guides for this area, including material put out by the state, but nothing matches this one. So if you're heading for the Dry Side of Oregon, this book is an absolute necessity.
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