Rodeway Inn Baker City
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Year of statehood: February 14, 1859
state motto: Alis volat propriis (She Flies With Her Own Wings and The Union)
state flower: Oregon grape
state bird: Western Meadowlark
Five other significant ...
... on either side, tracking the river through the steep sided gorge, making it a major transport route.
The terrain went from dense rainforest with rainfall of over 100 inches to dry, rocky mountains with less than 10 inches! All this in less than 140 kilometres!
Once again it was an amazing drive and then once we stopped for fuel at Boardman, we turned south-east and left the river and heading ...
We continued our Northward journey home with a drive to historic Baker City, OR. The campground office itself has been designed to look like it might have 100+ years ago when the first settlers arrived on the Oregon Trail from the Eastern US. After our daily, happy hour snack and drink we setup the trailer ...
... after 1000 miles of sage. Still, a challenge at the end of a somewhat long drive from Twin Falls, Idaho.
Unfortunately, the GPS was a bit bewildered, cell service gone, paper maps, clueless. I think we took a wrong turn which took us over the mountain rather than around it. No worries. So we stopped and asked a group of shirtless hunters (cue banjo) if we were on the right road. They were amused, but eventually helpful. Sure, sure, ...
... The kids enjoyed it too even though they had no idea what a brothel was. They did however get a good understanding how hard life was for the Chinese people who had to live under the city. The tour was over 2 hours long so it was after 3 pm before we headed east to Baker City. The landscape has really changed now. Trees and greenery has given way to vast open plains that go on for miles and miles. And blue huge blue skies. The sun has some real ...