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Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 1-2, 2010 Lemons to Lemonade

JoAnne Morgan

Leaving Baker City, OR and on our way to Joseph, Oregon and Wallowa Lake where we planned to spend July 1 thru 5 at the Park at the River RV Resort…and to celebrate the 4th of July. Our initial drive into Joseph, past the Wallowa Lake with its Wallowa Mountains as a backdrop was absolutely picturesque…and then on to our camp site.

Arriving at the “resort” we were assigned campsites, and informed we would have to move our rigs to various sites over the next two days and then end up in the overflow area along the Wallowa River for the remaining two nights. Hmmmm…let’s see…it’s really crowded, barking dogs, and screaming kids running all over, and being one rig right next to another was not our idea of a good time. Lois and I walked down to the overflow area, met up with Rick and Hal…and after talking to the owner we were ecstatic when we found out we could actually camp in the overflow area for the entire stay. Wahoo!!!!

This location was quiet, the sound of the clear, rapid running river drowned out all of the noise, and we were virtually isolated in the two sites facing the Wallowa River, mountain, and forest. Perfect!!!

Joseph, OR – You are greeted by a sign that has been on Main Street for over half a century – “This Little Town is Like Heaven to Us. Don’t Drive like Hell Through It” –heaven it is! See Photos

Joseph is an arts community, charming, flowers and bronze sculptures everywhere, museum, distillery, bronze foundry, cowboys, micro-brewery, wildlife everywhere, stunning mountains, beautiful lake, and tons of history highlighted by Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians. Heaven!!!

Friday, the 2nd it was overcast and raining so we did laundry, shopped, and stopped at the gravesite of Chief Joseph. Lois & Hal went to Lostine where the town becomes one giant flea market and surprised me with a wonderful teak tray! Thank you, thank you Lois and Hal!

Then we did just what we seem to do best – hang out at our campsite in “our little piece of heaven!” JM