Putters Travels 2007 travel blog

Rattlesnake Pass, a view from the top

The road ahead

Ribbons of steel guard the way down

A peek at the Grand Ronde River and the eventual bottom

Heard of Buffalo greet us entering Enterprise, Or

Bill and Linda's home in Island City.

Massive lawns front and rear add a park like setting

Bill's Ranier Cherrys. Got here too late for the harvest. Darn.....

View from rear. We enjoyed the barbecue and beautiful views of the...

A nice mixture of color

Restoration underway. This was a famous train stop for folks from the...

A few guard Peacocks alert our arrival

A long hall with many room under reconstruction

Second floor, more of the same

Entry lobby. Note Famous sculpture David Manuel. He is one of the...

Lobby area

Hot lake out front of building

Same lake looking west

My old work location when stationed in La Grande

Ok you Alberta folks, get a load of these beef steaks. Watch...

Bills Quick Market in Island City, OR

Bill on his mega mower. He can do both lawns in about...

Me on Bills mower. Driving it is kinda like rubbing you belly...

Driving south out of Clarkston, Wa. we follow HW 129 over the Rattlesnake pass to Enterprise, Or. Some of the first pictures show the highlights of the pass. A right turn at Enterprise takes us west on HW 82 to La Grande. What a beautiful trip it was.

We stayed with friends Bill and Linda Hallman at their beautiful home in Island City, a neighboring town to La Grande. Several pictures of the area and several taken at Hot Lake Springs.

Nestled at the feet of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the fertile Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande is a pretty town with lots to offer travelers. With a population of just over 12,400, La Grande is the largest city in Union County and is the county seat. The community is friendly, casual, and has its own brand of sophistication, due in large part to the presence of Eastern Oregon University. The surrounding national forests, lakes, and rivers provide some of the best biking, hiking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, and sightseeing opportunities in the state.

Pictures of Hot Lake Springs and the restoration going on by the Manual family and the community. www.hotlakesprings.com will tell a more indepth story.

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