Even though we were lucky enough to see the sunny skies in Seattle, we were not as fortunate to have them when we visited the Painted Hills in Oregon! I was able to take a quick photo as the sun peeked out a little bit through the clouds! Nevertheless, the Painted Hills were definitely a beautiful sight to see up close! Unfortunately due to the sensitive nature of the Painted Hills, you are unable to hike through them or get up close. The best way to see them is by the road alongside it! The unique colors that streak the clay rich hills and mounds were formed millions of years ago by different volcanic eruptions and changing climate patterns. Over time, the landscape transformed again and again responding to the powerful forces of nature. Layers of ash and different types of soil mixed with minerals and plant material and eroded causing the unique coloring of the Painted Hills landscape we see today.
Further along the road is the unique and unusual Painted Cove! Although the clay colored hills are not as looming, they are no less impressive and absolutely beautiful to gaze upon! Fortunately, they have a wooden walkway where you can wander in between the hills–which is definitely Instagram worthy! Pictured above is a shot of the texture of the hills, and of course yours truly had to take a selfie with my gold mirrored Le Specs sunglasses!
And lastly, here’s a photo of my lovely parents, who accompanied me on my adventures throughout the pacific northwest! Also, you can see how large the clay hills are! For more information about the Painted Hills and its surrounding areas, please visit http://traveloregon.com/see-do/attractions/outdoors-nature/painted-hills/.