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Sep 23, 2014 - Wallowa Mtns in NE Oregon

In the northeast corner of Oregon is an area of glaciated mountains which give the impression of the Alps. The mountain range is the Wallowas, which includes Eagle Cap Wilderness. Within the mountainous area are valleys where ranching and alfalfa farming occur. It is also an area popular with hunters and fly fishermen. The local towns are Wallowa, Lostine, Enterprise, the largest, Joseph, the artsyist, and Flora, further north, where they farm wheat. While visiting the area for a few days, we took the tram, one of the steepest in the US,...

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Rambling Rodericks

Aug 1, 2014 - Wallowa Lake SP and Joseph, Oregon

Days 5-6 July 30-31, 2014 Its 216 miles from Clyde Holliday SP into Wallowa Lake SP in northeastern Oregon. We were in tree-covered mountains shortly after leaving John Day. The drive to Baker City was quite scenic and interesting. About half an hour west of Baker City we went through the community of Sumpter. Back in the 1860s gold was discovered in nearby North Powder River. About $160,000,000 of gold was mined from the area. Since Oregon belonged to the North and not the South, the gold funded much of the Union’s Civil War effort. For...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Joseph, Oregon & Wallowa Lake

Joseph, Oregon was named after the famous Chief Joseph in 1879 & incorporated in 1887, the year Wallowa County separated from Union County. Joseph annually hosts many of Wallowa County's largest events, including the oldest & largest of all, the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo celebration (which we missed by one week). Other events are the Wallowa Valley Arts Festival, Oregon Mountain Cruise Car Rally,Bronze Blues & Brews music festival & the Bronze Bike motorcycle rally. The one & only motel in Joseph city limits was built by famous actor Walter...

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Aug 20, 2011 - To hell and back

Hells Canyon that is. After a fitful nights sleep for me worrying about a 40 mile drive with the camper along mountain roads to the gorge we got under way. The road was surprisingly gentle. Not many switchbacks and there were guardrails. We headed down, down to the Hells Canyon damn and visitors center. While this gorge is deeper than the Grand Canyon it is not as wide and awe inspiring. But it was beautiful with the Snake River churning, high canyon walls and bright blue skies overhead. Then we needed to go up and out. And up we did. Once...

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Jul 2, 2010 - Wallowa Lake--almost home

We are winding down our 5 month road trip. Wallowa Lake is our final “photo opt” stop. Then to Baker City, Sunriver, then home. This is our first time in this part of the country, so close to home and a treasure unseen! We spent 8 days in the State Campground 6 miles from Joseph, OR. Such a beautiful area to spend time. You will see photos from the top of Mount Howard by way of a Tram. Had lunch at the top of the world. Joseph is a delightful little town, we enjoyed several meals at the Embers, sitting on the patio with the Wallowa...

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Triden's Travels

Apr 19, 2010 - Hidden gem in NE Oregon

. I mentioned in our last journal entry that new friends at Boardman Marina and RV Park had given us travel information that sounded too good to pass up…they were right!!! We arrived early this afternoon at the Park At the River, which is located about 6 miles from Joseph, Oregon very near Wallowa Lake. The drive up the Wallowa Valley to Joseph and to the camp beyond was absolutely spectacular and quite unexpected. We have never visited the NE part of Oregon and have sure missed out on something special!! Our current home location is just...

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Aug 3, 2009 - Baker City, Oregon to Jospeh, Oregon

August 2nd Today we drove six miles from our campsite at 5 Peaks in Joseph (only 5 campsites) to Wallowa Lake and took the Wallowa Lake Tramway gondola to the top of Mt. Howard. We then hiked around for 2 or 3 miles and reached the summit at 8150 feet. We had breath taking views of meadows full of alpine wildflowers, Wallowa Lake, the town of Joseph, and the farmlands surrounding the lake. We had lunch at the Alpine Grill on top of the mountain. It was 12 degrees cooler up there than down at the base were we caught the tram up. It was a...

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May 5, 2009 - Rain at Wallowa Lake

Our next stop was Joseph in the Walla Mountains and next to Wallowa Lake. The town had been a timber town until the 1980s when the timber market collapsed. However a new industry was born with the opening of Valley Bronze, a fine art bronze foundry in 1982. Two other foundries have opened since and many galleries specialising in bronze sculptures. On the day we arrived, which was raining, we explored the town and the art walk of bronze sculptures. There were some interesting sculptures. Our campground was by the Wallowa Lake, although it...

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Aug 30, 2008 - RV Living – Small Towns

We’ve been in Joseph, Oregon for about eight days now and are enjoying many of the aspects of the cocoon-like living of small town living. We took a couple more hikes and our best one so far was to an area called Hurricane Creek. The trail ran through a canyon with a rushing creek on one side and looming granite mountains on the other side. We hiked in for three miles to a section called Slick Rock Gorge where a waterfall tumbled over the granite rocks into Hurricane Creek. It was a beautiful hike with a very remote feel. We’ve been blessed...

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Aug 25, 2008 - Exploring Northeast Oregon

Rattlesnake Grade. That is the name of the road that we drove from Clarkston, Washington to our current location of Joseph, Oregon. It looks like a straight shot on a map but in reality, it is a narrow, twisty road and I’ve read that there are 110 hairpin turns. The landscape along the way is rugged and the area very sparsely populated. Even though it is only about 80 miles to Joseph, it took about three hours since 25-30 mph was about the safest speed one could drive. This was the first time I have ever driven such a road so it was quite...

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Jul 10, 2008 - Joseph, Oregon

Hi Everyone: Well…..where the h_ _ _ are we now. Three days ago, we left Baker City and headed a bit Northeast into the Wallowa Mountain Range toward Hells Canyon. To properly picture this route, draw a large capital “D’. The straight line on the left of the “D” is I-84 and runs 60 miles North to South from LaGrange down to Baker City. Well we started at the bottom of the “D” and swept up and then left on the Hells Canyon National Senic Byway though the densely forested mountains. The roads at times were very steep and we could only do...

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Jul 27, 2007 - Joseph, Oregon

After some much needed rest and relaxation after The Rally, we left the Redmond area and drove to John Day, Oregon and stayed at Clyde Holliday State Park. It is a beautiful state park with nice, large grass sites with lots of trees and plants. After a couple of nights there, we drove over to Joseph, Oregon for the Chief Joseph Days celebration. Joseph is a beautiful little town that is at the base of the Wallowa Mountains. There are lots of interesting shops and restaurants. The Chief Joseph Days celebration is centered around the nightly...

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