Wallowa Lake State Park
We had been to Arrowhead Chocolates in Joseph a few days ago but we were so distracted by the yummy chocolates that we apparently missed the specialty hot chocolates. Linda of The Chouters insisted we must go back. So we did. We got up early and stopped by on our way out for a long day drive.
We also grabbed a couple more chocolates for later.
Watching the chocolate being made.
You may remember a couple of posts ago we decided to take the 4 hour way around going through Walla Walla to get to Joseph due to the crazy, steep, hairpin turns of Rattlesnake Grade. Now that we're here we wanted to make a day trip out of it and see just how bad it is. We started out on Hwy 3 from the town of Enterprise then head north for about 90 miles. If you drove nonstop it would take about 2 hours. There are so many turnouts with gorgeous views and interesting stops along the way that you'll want to make sure you have a full tank of gas and some lunch.
We also found an empty hunting camp with a deer hide and the cleaning station. See that plastic jug up where they hang the deer to clean? Don't mess with it. Sometimes it contains urine so other critters will leave the kill alone.
The scenery changes and you will see the Grand Ronde River below. There is not much but wild here but you will come across Boggans Oasis. We heard they are known for their shakes but we didn't go in. We wanted to check out the river and grab a geocache. Sure looked like a great place to fish! We also found the gnats (or whatever they were) were so thick they got stuck in my hair and got in your eyes and mouth. I've never seen anything like it. Check out the short video clip below. If you can enlarge it, do. You'll see how crazy thick they were!
It seems to never end!
Little bits of lichen growing out of the sign.
I couldn't find any info on this interesting pointy landmark. --update-- My friend Shelly let me know that it's called Swallow's Nest where many swallows nest. Thanks Shelly!
It was a long drive back. We hid a couple of geocaches on this route on our way back to Oregon.
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the gorge and through the trees on the way back.
So would we take our 40' fifthwheel trailer over this route next time. Nope. But if any of you have we'd love to hear how it went.Terminal Gravity for a light dinner and watched a great band perform. Steve didn't care for any of the beer he tried. He likes hop forward IPAs and found all of them too malt forward.
Monday was Steve's birthday so we decided to leave on Tuesday and enjoy one last day here.
The lake was like glass!
We drove the few miles back to Enterprise and walked around town admiring the old buildings.
Some of the larger salmon.
After we walked the trail we went back to Joseph for lunch and walked around that town some more.
More countryside drives and then we watched the fullmoon begin to rise.
Steve finally decided on a Mexican restaurant. We were still pretty stuffed from lunch so we just had a drink and brought most of our dinner back home.
|Lookin' slim Steve! Happy Birthday!!|
I didn't want to leave you with the above picture so I added one more below.
I hope you all enjoy some turkey and, if you're lucky, some pasta!!