Places of Interest Travel

Hells Canyon and back

We are leaving Spring Creek Campground early to beat the Memorial weekend crowd as our main objective. We decide to head to Baker City and start the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. We jumped on I-84 and made it to Baker City in no time. We gassed up, got a few supplies and headed out to Hwy. 86.

As we started our journey the first stop was the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

The Center was very well laid out and was interesting for kids and adults. The displays had a lot of information about the individuals that made that long journey to a new life, which sounds a little familiar to us. Looking out from the huge windows of the Center you get the scope of what these pioneers were facing and the joy when they made it to their destination.

The next thing on the agenda is to head for Hells Canyon and find a great boondocking spot, so down the road we go. The scenery was beautiful as we made our way to the entrance of the canyon. We actually crossed back into Idaho as we went by Oxbow Dam. Traveling along the twisting and turning roads

we came to the first camping area but it was packed so we headed further into the canyon.

We headed for a place called Big Bar, however it was full; Next to Eagle Bar, which was also full. We’ve come this far so we decided to go all the way to the dam. When we got there we actually drove over the dam and went back into Oregon.

We stopped into the Visitors Center to get sone info. They had information on camping but all that we could find were the ones we passed on the way down the canyon. We discussed what to do and decided on plan B, Walmart. So we headed back up the canyon back into Idaho and the back to Oregon up the road to Island City, Or. to boondock at a Walmart. Things don’t always turn out as we plan but when your scouting new destinations anything is possible.

-M-

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