Departing Yakima to Points South
Trip Start Jun 18, 2010
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Our stay at the Trailer Inns RV Park was "nothing to write home to mom about", but it did provide us with good WiFi and laundry facilities to catch up in both areas. As I mentioned yesterday, we were oblivious to the treasures hidden in the Yakima Valley so we were up and out early zooming down the highway.
We are headed southeast down I-82 through places like Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills along the northeastern edge of the Yakama Indian Reservation; this all sounds like I should be describing Wyoming or the Dakotas, but it is all right here in south central Washington
While a large segment of northeast Oregon is covered by the Umatilla and Whitman National Forests, I-84 follows a valley between these two large preserves and Baker City is nestled just at the south eastern edge. This area has some real American History behind it since Baker City was smack on the Oregon Trail.
The Oregon Trail dates back to the mid 1800's and was one of the main overland migration routes westward from Missouri to Washington; the trail stayed active until the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869 by the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific companies. Today, the National Oregon Trail Visitor’s Center is located in the Baker City area where interpretive presentations, displays and remnants of the era can be viewed. Each June, there is a four day reenactment trail ride for the modern-day pioneer seeking a sample of the Oregon Trail experience. If interested in this part of American History, the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway along the Snake River or Ghost Town trips in the local historic gold mining areas, contact the Baker City Chamber of Commerce
Needless to say, we took the time for a drive through downtown Baker City; one main objective was to see if this town had a Baker’s City Drug Store; if it did, we missed it. However, with a population of just over 10,000, the city remains very quaint; the local historic society identified 110 buildings in the downtown area that were originally constructed in the 1880’s. Starting in 1993, the city launched a matching funds program for a multi-million dollar restoration effort to bring back these historic buildings and restore the look of the gold rush days.
As always, we soon had to get back on the road and continue on toward Boise, ID; while we had no particular ending point for today, we just wanted to position ourselves for completing Idaho tomorrow and wind up in Jackson Hole, WY.
Following this train of thought, we settled on Mountain Home, ID as a final destination; we called ahead to the KOA to check on available sites and got one of the grumpiest park employees I have ever talked to. This person was ill tempered, short with answers and just plain rude; I was told we had better hurry because he was closing in 45 minutes.
This experience actually turned out to be a positive thing because, needless to say, I continued to search the Woodall’s for other campgrounds and wound up with a person who was just the opposite personality at the Mountain Home RV Park. This park was an outstanding park; the people were friendly, the park grounds were immaculate with laundry, restroom and showers to match. Our stay was just for the night, but we would recommend this facility for any length of stay.
Listen up Mt. Home, Idaho KOA, you’re personnel are running off business and there is an excellent facility just down the road that is loving every rig you send their direction!