(This photo makes it look like something out of a David Lynch movie, but it really was pleasant to stay here.)
So, I'll start this off with, I get pretty freaked out with heights. I know that I love hiking but if the elevation gets too high then I'll pass out. Sometimes I even crumble to the ground and cause injury to myself. Not good when you're up a mountain or on a fire lookout.
This trip started because there is a gondola at Wallowa lake that goes from the entrance at 4,450′ up to 8,150′ at the peak of Mt. Howard. I wanted to push my limits with vertigo so this was a great place to start.
We'll start off with our accommodations, because it was lovely.
There are state parks one can camp at, however those were all booked up so we got lucky and reserved the last room available in the lodge. Built in the early '20's this picturesque 3 story historic lodge was perfect.
With a cool breeze flowing through our open window we enjoyed the view of the lake.
AAAHHHHH the tram. The line was short so I did not have much time to think of my nerves. It is a 15 minute ride that could have me huddled up in the corner crying uncontrollably ready to pass out. This was not the case!! I got in, held on and enjoyed the view :) (Although my sister was bummed that she did not get to see pics of me crying, huddled in the corner!!)
And, what a view!
Such a spectacular view into Eastern Oregon and the Hells Canyon region of Oregon and Idaho.
The town of Joseph along with Lostine and Wallowa are at the other end of the lake. This is the valley where Chief Joseph and his people came to spend the summer months.
Reflections of trees.
Cold, clear water feeding into the lake.
As the sun sets.
The waterfall on Chief Joseph Trail.
Nature is so amazing....look at that face!
Joseph history museum wrapped up this trip and 3 hours later we were back in Boise via I84. (We took the fast way home, not through Hells Canyon - save that for another time.)
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