La Grande, Oregon was a place on the map where we agreed to meet up with our friends Paul & Judy. They were driving up from the Bay Area to spend about 5 weeks traveling with us. Our plan had been to go to Glacier National Park, but the fires and smoke in that area nixed that for this trip and we ended up going to Idaho and Wyoming. The countryside outside of La Grande turned out to be quite beautiful. We spent August 27-29 in La Grande.
The skies over this part of eastern Oregon were a bit smoky part of the time. This actually made for some beautiful pictures.
This campground had a resident osprey couple. They had a platform set up to attract a nesting couple.
This is a sunflower farm close by.
A persistent little wild flower that escaped the blades of the lawn mower on the campground lawn.
I was again visited by a hummingbird moth. They seem to be abundant in the Pacific Northwest and are partial to my verbena and petunias I move from place to place.
The old Hot Lake Hotel is next to the campground. It now is a bed and breakfast and museum. It was once a beautiful hotel where people came for rest and relaxation and to soak in the hot spring waters. After that it became a hospital for TB patients. The current owners have attempted to bring it back to its former splendor but one gets the feeling that its never going to return to its Glory Days.
Leaving here we headed to Idaho to see Craters of the Moon National Monument. While there we visited Silver City, an old mining town way back in the mountains, we toured the place where atomic energy was first used to make electricity, and took a day long jeep trip up a mountain where copper was mined. Those will be the next journal pages I do. Trying to catch up after a wonderful month visiting with our dear friends Paul & Judy.