Heading to Hell's Canyon! Sounds Delightful!
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Unfortunately, in the past few months, I have neglected my 50 state project and decided it was time to get back into action. My friend Angie and I agreed to keep it close to
Being the crazy go getter I am, I flew in on Sunday night at around midnight and was in bed at Angie’s house by 2:00AM, set the clock for 5:30AM to leave by 6:00AM.
We had pretty much plotted our trip the week before though a few things were still up in the air. But we knew that our first night we would be staying in
We ended up getting to Baker City at around noonish and our room at the hotel, The Bridge Street Motel, was cleaned early. At first glance the hotel is a little strange as there is a screen door that takes you down a hallway to your room. The screen door is open all night which was a little unnerving for someone living in NYC.
After leaving our non valuables in the room, we grabbed a tourist map and got back into the car. To our horror, we both realized that we were two hours away from Hell’s Canyon. For some reason while doing our research, we both thought
The trip was pretty uneventful until we entered a small town and realized we were almost out of gas.
Okay, we could do this. So we stopped at a boat and car mechanic shop first as that made the most sense. They agreed to sell us a gallon to get us over the hill. Sounded good to us! The guy was pretty cool, he siphoned it and even gave us his work and cell phone number in case we didn’t make it to the next town. Who does that?!? So after hitting Half,
After the two hour drive, we finally found ourselves in the canyon.
The canyon is incredible! The water is so still and calm that you could see the complete reflection of the canyon and trees on the water which was a really cool experience though the photos don’t quite capture this experience. The canyon was absolutely amazing and deserted, though the higher up we went the more people there were. There were also many people on the opposite side of the canyon who were camping out. Sounds cool, but I am a little creeped out by camping as I have seen way too many horror movies and I know how things turn out.
You can only drive through the canyon to a certain point before you hit a small gravel road that goes to nowhere. Pretty much it is encouraged to go to the dam and then move on with your day.
If you are anywhere near Hell’s Canyon, go! There is plenty to do if you like camping, fishing and boating. The drive was a little windy and needs to be taken slowly especially if it is raining. I freaked out a few times, but that is because I was in the passenger seat facing the drop off into the water which I have a slight phobia of.
After Hell’s Canyon, we decided to head back to Baker City as were excited to get some sleep. The drive was relaxing and very scenic. We even drove past a thunderstorm and could see the lightening flashing in the distance making a group of horses in the field run in the opposite direction. Again, Awesome! But not as awesome as the dance of the Oregon Trail. Right near Baker City you will find a monument to the Oregon Trail, now maybe it is not the most amazing monument, but I dare you to resist busting a move when you get a picture by it.
Back in Baker City we soon realized there was not much to do. So we drove around a while and eventually ran into the state penitentiary. That was a big surprise, but we did note that they had an incredible view of the snowy mountains in the distance. Sure beats Rikers, not that I know from experience. There also was a bowling alley, but we weren’t feeling it, so we headed to dinner at Paizano's Pizza which had gotten good reviews online. The customer service was great and the pizza was pretty good, though the Thai Shrimp half was a bit sweet for my tastes, but still unique and worth trying.
After dinner we called it a night and headed back to the hotel for a quick game of Scrabble (there was nothing else to do). Tomorrow we would be heading into Idaho once again in search of the infamous Sweet Willy!