On the Painted Cove Nature Trail we got to see the Painted Hills up close. A boardwalk went right through and around the protected hills. There were lots of signs asking visitors to please stay on the trail. I was surprised, and a little amused, to read each sign. Instead of the same "STAY OFF" message, each had a different approach.
I wondered what the hills were made up of since they're always changing. It was fascinating to see the different textures that make up the whole. Some parts looked like melted clay, some parts looked like hardened clumps of dirt. From afar the red sections reminded me of the red dirt from Hawaii.
When going through the hills, it felt like we were on a different planet. But when it opened out to a view of the lake in the distance and green trees and grass, it felt like Earth again. I loved the contrast of the two landscapes nestled right up next to each other. I kept thinking, "Is this real life? This is amazing!"