Wallowa State Park
Walla Walla to Joseph was very pretty drive and the grade very gradual. This eye catching coffee shop grabs your attention as you drive through. We really wanted to go inside but they were closed. This will become the rule rather than the exception in October.
Another beautiful drive.
Cute sign as you enter the town of Joseph. We've seen these before and they always make us laugh.
You pass through the town and the road basically ends at Wallowa State Park at the far end of the lake which acts as a mirror for the snow peaked mountains.
As we pulled in we found our campsite was on the inside of a sharp curve and would be very tricky to get in to. This time of year there aren't many folks camping so the campground was fairly open. We decided if we could switch to the campsite across from us on the outer part of the loop it would be very easy to get into. At that time our neighbors walked over to let us know that the water was shut off at the campsites but there was one near the dump they left open so you could fill your tank. Very nice of them to let us know as there were no signs at the gate to let you know. Earlier I had checked with them the water was still on. Note to self, always find out just before arriving when it gets later in the season as it can save you a big headache later. We also found out that the site on the outer loop had no electricity so we kept our original site even though it was a pain in the butt to get into. Our neighbors even brought us over some firewood they knew they wouldn't use before they left. Very nice people!
End of the Salmon Run
We found a place to have breakfast that had a Mexican flair to their food. The Old Town Café.
We walked around town, in and out of the shops. The above "moose head" mount was in the hardware store and made of wood. It was hung along with some other real mounts and skins.
The bronco was my favorite.Valley Bronze that offers tours of the foundry. They make all the wonderful statues that line Main St. So life like. Unfortunately for us they were closed for the season. We were talking about the Big Three that we wanted to see/do while we were here with the neighbors. She said, oh no. Those are closed as well! What?! Strike 2. Yes, even though I called, the dusting of snow just a couple days ago brought an end to the Railriders for the year. Bummer as that was what we were looking forward to most! As with most old, no longer used railroads, many have turned into bike and hiking paths. There is a section here though that you can ride small railcars that are equipped with recumbent type bikes that you power with you own pedaling. Here is a link to them so you can read about what they are. Next time you're near an old railroad, check around, you may find one near you. Railriders of Joseph.
A herd of goats made of tin in front of one of the shops.
The East Fort Brewery was closed, why we could not figure out as the sign said they were open but the door was locked and no one was inside. So we walked next door to visit the Stein Distillery. Hmmm, is noon too early to sample? We decided it was not.
The others tried a variety, but I'm the wimpy one and don't really care for the hard stuff so I chose the cordials to sample. They were pretty tasty, but still very strong.
The owner made sure to get the buck mounts in the picture above our heads. Pretty funny.
One of the painted murals on the buildings.
|See the hoof carved into the table legs? Clever.|
We said our goodbyes to our new friends and headed back to camp for some hiking.
A nice memorial near the lake. The Nez Perce have a huge influence around here.
A short, steep hike takes you to No Name Falls. There is a trail, but we walked along the river then up an unmarked trail. There are several. At some point, just follow the sound of the falls and you'll find it.
|The old lodge.|
It's been a busy start to the week but we have plenty of downtime as well as some kayaking, fishing and more day trips.