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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Scenic Byway US 26 West

Aloha Everyone,

The Snake River forms the boundary between Idaho and Oregon. At 1,078 miles long, it is the largest tributary of the Columbia River. At the Ontario Oregon Visitor Center, I collected magazines and map. Mary suggested that I take a copy of the coastal drive and the “Oregon Scenic Byways & Tour Routes Driving Guide" that highlights unique viewpoints and attractions on US 26 West. For J.J., he enjoyed a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Truly an Oregonian welcome.

Baker City is a charming small, friendly town. Its location is a valley between the Wallowa & Elkhorn Mountains. We had our lunch at Oregon Trail Restaurant.

From Baker City to Prineville took us through the Whitman, Malheur and Ochoco National Forest. The distance of 195.2 miles was mostly winding mountainous road and with my driving a part of the way, it took us 6 1/2 hours.

What a pleasure in finding the Crook County RV Park in Prineville. The facilities and amenities are comparable to any commercial RV resorts. The two of us did not mind that it started to rain at dusk and the low temperature dropped to 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

Aloha -- Cathi