Oregon Bound and Down... travel blog

On the road again

Mountains in Western Idaho

Snake River Valley

Into Oregon

On the Oregon Trail

Blue Mountains

Wagon Trains crossed this valley, terrified of the Blue Mountains they had...

Crossing the Blue Mountains, snow


...be warned

...and it began

traveling down into the abyss

lots of switchbacks going down

and down

down more.

We dropped 3000' in six miles

...to be below the clouds

Umatilla Bridge at our RV Park

Jim, Kay Forrest (my cousin) and John

Sunset over the Columbia River

Date: March 31, 2012

Tonight’s Location: Umatilla, OR

Mileage: End - 106118

Start - 105812

Total Miles for the day: 306

Weather: partly sunny, a shower or 2

Temperature: start 53º

High 58º

Wildlife count: Ravens, Pronghorn Antelope, Gulls, Ring-necked Pheasant, Ferruginous Hawk, Magpie, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Flicker

We left Mountain Home at sunrise, 7:30 am, and drove up I-84 through Idaho and into Oregon. Basically we were following the Oregon Trail, where hundreds of wagon trains churned up lots of dust following valleys and crossing passes through the mountains. It must have really been rough travel!

We crossed the 45th Parallel in Oregon, half way between the equator and the North Pole. We also saw huge fields of onions (smelled them as well), potatoes, and wheat, along with dairy and beef herds. It seems to be a very productive area.

We arrived at Umatilla around 1 and set up. Walked to the Visitor’s Center to obtain information about the Columbia Gorge, which we plan to visit in the next few days. My cousin Kay and her husband Jim arrived and we enjoyed a great visit, including dinner. It is great to reconnect.

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