Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Boise ID to Christmas Valley OR June 10

Left Boise 9:30 AM, WX? Hate to say it but it didn't start out bad in Boise but it didn't take long to become brutally cold as we progressed west. Hope the rumblings of mutiny don't surface. The ride between Vale OR (home of the Bates Motel) and Juntura OR where we stopped at a very nice and quaint restaurant, the Oasis (excellent food/service), was largely unremarkable except for some nice views of the Malheur River. We gassed up in Burns OR, a nondescript locale where the folks did not seem too friendly, and proceeded through Riley OR and south on Rte. 395 to Wagontire OR, a fairly recent or so it seemed, ghost town. Neat but spooky place. Took a few pics there and eased on through the eastern Oregon 'flatland' to Christmas Valley OR. Ever heard of it? Me neither! Small but friendly place. Checked in to the Desert Inn Motel(old but clean) and walked over to the Christmas Valley Inn for cocktails and dinner (food was very good). Stepped out in to the bar after dinner and mingled with the 'locals' and had a great time. Nice, friendly folks.

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