wagons ho! 11/19 – 11/20 2016

Wagons ho, to La Grande Oregon. We did a quick trip there to check out Grande Hot Springs RV Resort in person. I have been doing a lot of research for a RV rally in July 2018. Yes, 2018! For large groups certain things have to be done fairly far in advance. I liked everything I read on that location and talking with the owners via email and telephone, it seemed like it would be a winner. After our visit, it is a winner. I will not make an official announcement until July next year. However, for those who read this blog, you get a bit of a sneak peek.

Joanne and I left our home very early Saturday morning and made the 4 hour drive there. We made a stop at a couple neat spots to look at along the way but pretty much made the drive straight through. We arrived at the resort at 10:00 am.

a neat spot in Pendleton

a neat spot in Pendleton

we really enjoyed this spot

we really enjoyed this spot

very cool

very cool

Going up the grade from Pendleton Oregon was…uh…exciting? The grade is pretty steep and with high winds it was a bit hairy that day. Two hands on the steering wheel for sure! We still made a stop at a view point and we had to be very careful not to let the truck doors get sprung open by the wind. Even the progress of walking would be stopped for a few seconds during the bigger wind gusts. The views though, were fantastic.

great views

great views

worth getting out in the wind

worth getting out in the wind

Soon enough we would arrive to our destination, Grande Hot Springs Resort in La Grande Oregon. We would check in so we could get our site for the night. We talked with the owner while inside a group facility. We talked about having a rally at this location in 2018. The group building was fantastic and perfect. The resort was easy to deal with on how to set up a bunch of sites for a rally, 20 for now. We explored the resort checking things out. Everything was very clean and all in great working shape.

the resort

the resort

our site for the night

our site for the night

spacious sites

spacious sites

entering the resort

entering the resort

sites for a rally near the group facility

sites for a rally near the group facility

group facility

group facility

After walking around we left to go find a couple geocaches nearby. We stopped at the historic Hot Springs Resort next to the RV resort. We did not go in to do the tour but will when we return. We then drove into La Grande to do a little looking around. We stopped by the Northwood Manufacturing plant, it was closed since it was the weekend. We wanted to see the location in person though. We hope to do a plant tour during the rally. They make RV units there and it is less than 5 miles from the resort.

the historic resort

the historic resort

the resort

the resort

lots of statues on the grounds

lots of statues on the grounds

nearby northwood plant

nearby northwood plant

We then took a drive south to Baker City, less than a hour away. We wanted to check out the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Plans on a caravan during the rally to this location is in the works. Wow, what a amazing place. We could have spent a lot more time inside but we only had time for a quick visit. We did a fairly fast walk through then did a hike outside on the paths to scenic view points and to the ruts of the old trail. This place is amazing!

the center

the center

wagon display outside

wagon display outside

the facility is set on a hillside

the facility is set on a hillside

joanne at a display

joanne at a display

just amazing

just amazing

a scenic view point on a trail there looking towards the ruts

a scenic view point on a trail there looking towards the ruts

Oregon trail marker

Oregon trail marker

the Oregon trail ruts

the Oregon trail ruts

We left the center and made a stop at a nearby marker. We then made our way into Baker City to stop at a brewery for lunch and beer tasting. Awesome food and beer at Barley Brown’s. We recommend it for sure. After that we went back to the RV resort for the night.

The night was very peaceful, no traffic noise at all. There are railroad tracks about a half mile away but the noise from trains was very minimal. There are no crossings there so no train horns. We slept great.

a marker near the interpretive center

a marker near the interpretive center

The next day we would make our way home. We stopped and looked for a few geocaches along our route. We stopped at a view point looking towards Pendleton. We would eventually end up at a brewery in Waitsburg Washington to have lunch and try a couple beers. The pizza and beer was very good. After that it was time to set sail for home.

us at a viewpoint

us at a viewpoint

a stop at the brewery

a stop at the brewery

they had a few funny signs

they had a few funny signs

It was a successful trip checking out the area and resort in person for a future rally. There is a lot to do in the area and we are anxious to return again to do much more exploring. We only scratched the surface on this quick trip. We will be in the area again in June next summer. We are checking out a ghost town route with friends in June. A possible pre rally caravan in 2018. More about that next summer.

 

wagons ho! 11/19 – 11/20 2016