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Antelope graze in the national monument.

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Painted Hills make a soulful impression

Painted Hills, the Palisades and even a Shoe Tree are unique features of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Time ticked deeper into the afternoon as we sped along Oregon Highway 26, between the Sheep Rock Unit and Mitchell.Tick-tick-tick. ...Nevertheless, at 2:39 I stopped the truck on an incline to gawk at the shoetree.Ah, the essence of reality: A tree in the


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