I just returned from another road trip to Bend, Oregon and more adventures on the way back to Idaho as I traveled US Highway 26 again through Prineville, Oregon. There I briefly stopped to check out the view from an overlook and snap a few photos of the latest building under construction at the expanding Facebook Prineville Data Center. It’s now the largest data center in Oregon and just looks so massive in from a far distance. Here’s a story that I found if you want to learn more about the construction going on with building 3.
I continued on across the changing Oregon landscape on the highway known as “Journey Through Time”. That’s because there’s so much geological history accessible just off the highway. I had taken the same route last year and made a stop at Painted Hills (One Of The 7 Wonders Of Oregon) located just 6 miles off the highway just before Mitchell, Oregon; so small that you’d miss it if you blinked. But make sure you slow down because Oregon State Police might be wanting to make a quick buck. I might actually turn off in town sometime just to see what it’s all about. The drive to the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is on a paved somewhat windy road and then turns to dirt about the last mile up to the overlook area. There are actually a few areas that the hills have the same look and you can pull over and snap some photos. Make sure you drive slowly and watch for oncoming vehicles because the road isn’t that wide. Make sure you have some water with you because it can get hot during the summer months and there’s a little hiking you can do to get a different perspective than just the overlook. I took the walk last year but this year I wasn’t in the mood and just wanted to snap new photos and get back on the road home. Remember you are required to stay on the provided path and not venture out on the hills. These hills reveal millions of years of history back in time and each layer is a different color. Let me know if you make the trip and share your comments below or tag photos with #itraveldude on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and I might share them. I hope you enjoy my photos below!
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