Per, your ideas are all real helpful in our planning. I plan to boost straight down to the area in two days, as opposed to taking my time getting there. This will give me 5 nights and 4 full days in between to explore the area, before heading off to my photography meet in Fossil. I do believe it is in our group itinerary to head to the Painted Hills, amongst a couple other things.
If there are any other ideas anyone has for places to see, I would appreciate the input. Even some ideas for the Fossil area. For the most part it is a social gathering of a bunch of photography friends from across the continent, but we will be wanting to do some shooting.