Wallowa Lake Family vacation – Day 3 and 4

I sort of lost my momentum here. So to wrap up this thread I’m combining the last 2 days of the tip.

Note: I am continuing to be productive on my new commute, I’ve just been working on other things 😉

Day 3 – Hike up Hurricane Creek and a boat ride around the lake

We were going to bed early while here and consequently getting up early. This morning, we had breakfast in. Kug made bacon and eggs. We learned that the burners on our ancient stove did not heat exactly evenly, but the meal was still good.
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The owner of Trouthaven had mentioned a nice day-hike when we arrived, so I get the details from him. We ended up at Hurricane creek, a 15 minute drive from the lake. We saw other families there as well as some serious hikers and even a few backpackers. There was also a string of mules packing supplies up the mountain. The trail was a bit narrow in places and even had a section right along a steep hillside with a 100′ drop to the creek. We didn’t go a long way and ended up spending a while at a spot next to the creek where the boys played. They were captured by that age-old obsession of throwing rocks into the moving water. Even Tober got into the act.
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We followed that with lunch in town at the local brew pub – Embers. We sat outside and marveled at the number of yellowjackets that were in their dozen or so traps. The greek pizza was pretty good.

That afternoon, we decided to take the owner of the cabins up on his offer to let us borrow their boat. It’s a small fishing boat they call the African Queen (for it’s vague similarities to the boat in that movie). We motored around to the south end of the lake and back. It was a nice little trip and it gave us a chance to see some of the beautiful houses along the shore.
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For dinner, Kug mastered the idiosyncratic stove and made us fondu. It was excellent.

Day 4 – The trip home

We all woke up fairly early (again) on Tuesday. There wasn’t much left in the area that we wanted to do – that we could do in half a day. We had pretty much decided at this point that Wallowa Lake and the Joseph area wasn’t going to be the place we wanted to come back to for an annual retreat. This was one of the reasons we chose to come here – we’re looking for a place that we can return to every year with family and friends. It’s a nice area and the lake is a lot of fun, but it just didn’t capture us. If you have any suggestions for somewhere that would be a fun, family friendly place with outdoor recreational activities, let me know. We’ll probably be looking around the Sisters area for next year.

With the car packed, we stopped for breakfast in Joseph and had the best meal of our trip. There are several breakfast places along the main drag and we ended up parking the car and perusing menus. We chose the Old Town Cafe. We were surprised to see swedish pancakes on the menu – a favorite that Kug and her family often make. The boys got that and Kug and I shared the Old Town Breakfast: a scramble of roasted potatoes, eggs, cheese, bacon and green chilies. It was excellent. This sort of dish is my favorite breakfast and this was the best I’ve had. The Swedish pancakes were pretty good as well. I got an americano there as we were leaving and it turned out to be the best coffee I got in the area.

We figured we would find a place or two to stop along the way back, but we didn’t have any definite plans. Griff was campaigning hard for stopping at Multnomah falls, wanting to hike to the top. We made good time on the road and with a couple rest stops and snacks in the car, it was only mid-afternoon wen we got to the city of Hood River. We drove up the main street and found a place for lunch. After lunch we dropped Kug off at a yarn shop we saw on the way in and the boys and I found a playground.Img 6162 Edit

Griff got his wish and we did stop at the falls. It turned out to be a nice finish for a fun trip. We all got ice cream and admired the falls.

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