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Jun 15, 2017 - The Oregon Trail

OK, the mountains overlooking this valley are the Blues! Something I haven’t mentioned is that a good part of our trip, through Nebraska, Wyoming and Idaho has been along the Oregon Trail. As I’m sure you learned in school this was the route that settlers in wagon trains took from Missouri to Oregon. This is from Wikipedia: The Oregon Trail was laid by fur traders and traders from about 1811 to 1840, and was only passable on foot or by horseback. By 1836, when the first migrant wagon train was organized in Independence, Missouri, a wagon...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Movin' On

Well, we’ve moved on from Twin Falls to Baker City, Oregon. We’re at Mountain RV Park and have a beautiful view of snowcapped mountains. I’m not sure which ones they are yet but I’ll find out and will post a picture in the next update. Here is what we did before we left Twin Falls Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve Craters of the Moon is a moonscape of past volcanic activity. It is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones, sagebrush and wild flowers. This activity began 15,000 years ago and the most...

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May 12, 2017 - Day 13 - John Day to Baker City, OR

Today’s ride to Baker City was a WET and COLD 84-mile ordeal with 3 summits and a total ascent of 5,184’. Baker City, population 9,828 and elevation 3,421’, is one of the largest towns on this route so far. The city was named after Edward D Baker, the only US Senator ever killed in military combat. Nancy and I love Cathedrals and the Cathedral of Saint Francis de Sales was built in Baker about 1903. In 1918, Baker was the subject of national interest when the 1918 solar eclipse took place and the U.S. Naval Observatory based its...

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Jul 19, 2016 - Oregon Trails West RV Park in Baker City, Oregon

Today was a travel day. Since we are just heading from one place to another, we are in travel mode and drove almost 300 miles. We drove along the Columbia River until we were almost to Pendleton, Oregon, where the Columbia River curves off to the northeast and I-84 heads southeast. The Columbia River Gorge is forested and very green. Just past the town of Hood River, the scenery changes drastically. It is much dryer east of the Cascade Mountains. By the time we got to Wasco, trees were scarce and the hillsides were covered with dry grass...

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May 10, 2016 - Baker City, OR

On the recommendation of friends and traveling pioneers, Linda and Pat Coakley, we visited Baker City, Oregon just west of the Idaho border. Famous as the first Oregon town on the Oregon Trail, it has a marvelous history museum and the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. No one should go west without spending some time in Baker City. Fun fact: Baker City was named after Edward D. Baker, the only US senator ever killed in military combat. The Baker Heritage Museum is housed in a former natatorium (a building containing a swimming pool). It was...

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Aug 22, 2015 - Sumpter dredge

It is very hazy with the smoke but we decided to go to the Dredge anyway and are so glad that we did. We drove on the Elkhorn scenic byway to Sumpter that was a gold mining town at one time. It has a railroad going through it that runs a steam train - it was not utilizing steam today due to fire danger. We did not take the train but saw it come in and out of the station on narrow gauge rails, it's historic. We took the guided tour of the dredge that was so interesting and informative - it was used until 1950 when the company when bankrupt....

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2015 Eagle trip

Aug 21, 2015 - Halfway and Oregon trail

We drove through golden hills of hay and very steep mountain curves yesterday through SE Washington into Oregon. Much of I84 follows the Oregon Trail and it would have been very tough in a covered wagon. We saw haze from fires as we drove in Washington but it lifted as we came into Oregon. Then as we approached Baker City we saw signs about fire danger on the interstate and saw plumes of smoke to the west and south. Also saw fire encampments and helicopters at the airport as we passed. The sky is clear and there is no smoke smell or haze -...

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2015 Eagle trip

Apr 27, 2015 - Hells Canyon - road closed

This morning we drove towards Hells Canyon, following a scenic route. This borders Idaho where the Snake River has carved out a beautiful canyon. Unfortunately when we got to the turn on Route 39, there was a gate across it saying “closed”. Some Oregon DOT workers were there and told us there was still too much snow in the higher elevations for the road to be open. The only way now to get to our next destination of Wallowa Lake is to drive back through Baker City, and then head northeast. So we did. It was a another beautiful day for a...

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Apr 26, 2015 - Baker City, Oregon

April 26, 2015 Baker City Today we drive to Baker City Oregon and visited the Oregon Trail National Interpretive Center. They had some nice exhibits there, many interactive. One of my favorite ones involved a model of a covered wagon and some wooden blocks. The blocks were of varying sizes and represented things such as 50# sack of flour, 25# ammo, an iron stove, food for your horses, heirloom china and things like that. You had to try to fit as much as you could in the wagon. It did not all fit. What do you leave behind? What must you...

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Sep 20, 2014 - Baker City & the Oregon Trail

We arrived in Baker City, Oregon Sept. 20th and left on the 23rd to go up into the gorgeous, glacial mountains of the Eagle Gap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains, an alpine like area where the towns of Joseph, Wallowa, Enterprise and Lostine celebrate living in the very northeast corner of Oregon. After returning from that area, we stayed in Baker City another week. Baker County was created in 1862. It was named in honor of Edward Baker, one of Oregon's first senators, a colonel in the Union Army and personal friend to Abraham Lincoln....

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Rambling Rodericks

Sep 4, 2014 - Oregon Trail

From Oregon Trails West RV Park After a tearful good-bye, we have continued our trip west. It was so hard to leave especially with Becca crying that she wanted to go bye-bye with Grandpa. Thank goodness we are coming back there after the cruise. I love this drive to the coast. We first took it when we bought our motor home in Eugene, Oregon. The interstate runs beside the Columbia River with spectacular views. It is also follows the Oregon Trail. We crossed into Pacific time so we gained an hour and arrived at our campsite around 4:00....

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Sep 2, 2014 - Baker City, Oregon

Traveling from Alder Lake to Baker City started out damp and cloudy but ended up bright and sunny! It's the sort of day I pray the rest of our adventure encounters as we traverse the highways and byways of this huge country. You don't really know how big it really is until you sit and watch it go by you windows for eight hours. Tomorrow we head for Craters of the Moon National Monument, so stay tuned to see of we see any aliens..... from space!

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