Joseph, Oregon - Lewiston, Idaho
Joseph, Oregon is a small town with just over 1000 residents. Downtown is part old west, part artsy-quaint. I like it a lot.
Our park is in town and convenient for walking the shops and galleries, and enjoying the street art.
|The buck is one of many great wildlife pieces. I love the little keyhole door in the gallery.|
|Antique stores always have the most interesting assortments.|
|Garden Walk by Ramon Parmenter|
|Chief Joseph stands tall on the corner.|
|We still fail to heed his poignant words.|
|Small town realities.|
We wait an hour to check in to Hell's Gate State Park and with the 100 degree heat are happy to have a nice shady spot. We're here to visit with friends making satellite less of a priority :-)
|Site 10 pull-through. Snake River behind us.|
|Large green space in the center of Alpine Loop.|
Jill, Laura and I visit the Jack O'Connor Center and Lewis and Clark Discovery Center one afternoon. O'Connor was a hunter and outdoorsman who wrote extensively for Outdoor Life as well as several books on his travels and other topics.
While I'm not a hunting fan, I'm aware of the large role hunters and hunting organizations have played in conservation and species protections throughout the world. We learn how to "age" big horn sheep by the dark rings on their horns, and about the many different breeds of antelope. The host is very informative, and we're his only public.
|A handful of the many sheep displayed here.|
|Jack and his wife took thousands of photos in their extensive travels.|
|Jill and Laura learn about aging horns.|
|Some of the 25 books by the author.|
|The river is dead calm under smokey skies.|
|Swallows Nest Point on the west side of the river, and a tease of blue sky.|
|The tribe's story is told in many ways throughout the center.|
|Chief Joseph and Alice Fletcher in 1890 - following the chief's refusal to take his land on the reservation.|
|Jill reads about the mining and agriculture in the 1800's.|
|We've come a long way.......|
|This very small cabin was rented by a family of seven for nine years - tiny living is not new :-)|
|No air conditioning has been added to the original capitol building.|
|The original capitol, prior to statehood, was here in Lewiston.|
|The oldest home is closed so we don't learn it's story.|
|We're able to see some of the restored rooms through the windows.|
|Laura is quite smitten with the lions.|
While the smoke has thinned somewhat over our days here, it has continued to get worse in Montana where our route is headed. We contact our friend, Peggy, to let her know we're going to catch her next time and move away from the fires. She's supportive, telling us that three more have started in the last day.
Saturday morning we say our good-byes to good friends and head for our "rest of the big weekend" stop before re-routing south.
|Thanks Laura, Tom and Jill (and pups Sammy and Bonnie) for a great visit!|
|Best friends for 50 years.|