Saturday, October 31, 2015

Idaho railroad trestle carried trains for 80 years

Railroad trestle at Lawyer's Canyon in Idaho
Railroad trestles that were once used by trains carrying people and goods in western Idaho can still be seen today along U.S. Highway 95 between Lewiston and Grangeville.

The picture above shows one of many trestles built in 1908 to cross Lawyer’s Canyon and Camas Prairie gorges.  This trestle was 1,500 feet long and 296 feet high. The trestles were mostly wood with a metal structure.

The trestles were used by Camas Prairie Railroad, a joint venture of Union and Northern Pacific railroads, for 80 years.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oregon's Wallowa Lake popular with campers, recreationalists

Wallowa Lake
Wallowa Lake is nestled among the scenic beauty of the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. The area is sometimes known as the Oregon Alps or the Switzerland of Oregon.

The 3.7 mile long lake was formed by glacial action. Its waters are pure and clear, allowing boaters to see fish swimming on the bottom.

The lake and its facilities, including campgrounds, boat launches and lodging, are located at the end of the road that comes from nearby Joseph. It has a day use picnic area and floating docks where boaters can alight for picnics. The lake and some of the facilities are operated by the Oregon State Parks system.

The lake sits at more than 4,300 feet in elevation, which means it sometimes freezes over in winter. The water warms up enough in the summer for swimming and water skiing.

Deer rest beside the highway to Wallowa Lake on a winter day.
 Wallowa Lake is popular with wildlife visitors as well. It’s not uncommon to see deer roaming the camp-ground, sometimes resting under travel trailer awnings to keep cool on hot summer days. A pair of eagles nests on the south shore of the lake. Visitors also may see elk, coyotes and bears; t higher elevations they may spot mountain goats.

This family oriented recreation area is located about 4-1/2 hours drive from Boise and six hours from Portland.