Monday, October 28, 2013

Good Intentions.....

On Wednesday Mr. Squash and I loaded up the fishing gear, packed a nice lunch, stopped at Starbucks to fill up our thermoses and headed down to Oregon to fish the Wallowa River.  It was still gorgeous and sunny and looked to be the perfect last day for fishing trout this year.

We encountered this gorgeous scenery on the way.  This was taken up near the top of Tollgate Pass in NE Oregon.  See the moon in the sky?

When I zoomed in on the landscape I saw this wonderful clearing amongst the golden larch trees and pines.  We thought it would be really neat to have a cabin in that clearing!

When we reached the fishing spot it was 34 degrees and shady all along the river!  No way were we going to fish and even if we did, we wouldn't have been dressed warmly enough.  So, we thought why not drive up to Wallowa Lake.   As we headed that way we passed the sign for Hwy 3 and decided to take it instead.  We've always wanted to see the area between Enterprise, OR and Clarkson, WA.

I must say we were not disappointed!  The drive took us up past 5,000 feet at one point!  The larch trees were in full, golden splendor as were all the other deciduous trees and foliage!  This spot turned out to be Joseph Canyon. looking back toward Idaho.  The Nez Perce called this home for a very long time.
If you click on the photo you can read a little bit about this spot.  Sadly US Government troops eventually ran the Nez Perce out of this area to reservations.
As we headed north toward the SE corner of Washington state, the views became more and more expansive!  Down in the crook of the hills where you see all the green trees is the Grand Ronde River.  One day we plan a guided fishing trip on the Grande Ronde for Steelhead.
Here is a closeup of some of the changing foliage - just breathtaking!  We realized we're getting really good at packing up the fishing gear and driving it around - lol!  All in all our round trip was just under 300 miles for the day!  Not what we expected at all, but it was well worth the trip!
A few days ago I showed you the great colors in the Squash House yard.  Tomorrow we're expecting much colder weather and high winds.  The leaves are beginning to fall quickly and will soon be a memory.
Look how much more brilliant our maples have gotten in just a few days.  The squirrels are running around like crazy gathering and burying their winter stores.  Sasha so wants to go out and chase them around, but these days she just gets to watch a lot of birdie and squirrel TV!


Anna said...

You captured what keeps me in love with Oregon...the varied landscape and panoramic views. Easier to trade a day of sewing for a ride with a view!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, how glorious your photos are. Sounds like a good day to me, all the sight seeing. We've done a few of those.

Needled Mom said...

The scenery was spectacular on your "fishing" trip! Those maples are breathtaking!

veerle said...

Such great views! Looks really nice :)

Sue said...

What beautiful photos ! Thanks for sharing

Sheila said...

What a beautiful area you live in; especially at this time of the year. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

sunny said...

What beautiful scenery! Sounds like a perfect day to me, even if you didn't get in any fishing. Oregon is one of the few states I've yet to visit, but I WILL get there!

Houseelf said...

So beautiful and unusual to my English eyes. I would be blown away by it in person- awesome in the real use of the word. Thanks for sharing. Here it is late Autumn definitely. The south was hit by a big storm so a lot of the leaves have gone there. Here we just had heavy rain spurts.

Carrie P. said...

WOW! amazing landscape.
I would take a cabin in that clearing too. Maybe we could be neighbors. :0)

Lesley said...

What a fantastic day you had, even without the fishing. The views are breathtaking!

Mary said...

Beautiful scenery, including your yard!

Stephanie said...

Oddly our Japanese maples are not in their brilliant clothes yet! Hopefully soon. I just love the turning foliage against the hard surface. What a gorgeous drive. The larch amongst the pine looks like a beautiful painting.

Martha said...

What a beautiful drive!! Thanks for sharing. I met my husband at college in LaGrande, so am familiar with some of the views. We have friends who live in Enterprise and love going there for visits!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous trees! Wow! Impressive!

Tammy said...

Sounds like a fabulous outing and what beautiful scenery. I need to talk CR into that drive someday. Hugs!!

Tammy said...

Sounds like a fabulous outing and what beautiful scenery. I need to talk CR into that drive someday. Hugs!!

Jeanna said...

I can't imagine why you would EVER want to vist Florida when you have such beauty within a day's drive.

I absolutely LOVE your photographs and what a blessing to have someone to share the same interests.

i'm loving the yard of the Squash House right now :)

QuiltSue said...

What amazing scenery, thank you for showing it. Your garden and trees look wonderful - the colour on them is still stunning.

Kaaren said...

What gorgeous scenery! I would have had a difficult time taking the time out to fish as well.

Thanks for sharing!

Me and My Stitches said...

What beautiful scenery you captured! I would much rather look at that than a dead fish - so, I, for one, am glad that you changed your plans! LOL!!

Ulla said...

Amazing views! Better drive around and look at something great than freeze and catch cold and no fish at the river. Next time pack some warmer clothes too!

B J Elder said...

I know that drive you did, and it is beautiful. Several years ago we camped at Wallowa Lake then went the way you did as we headed towards Montana. You may not have caught any fish, but you caught a lot of beauty! What a fun outing.

pratima said...

Breathtaking views and stunning pictures from your drive! A cottage in that clearing would be like living in a dream! Beautiful colors on your Maple trees.. So funny about Sasha getting to watch Squirrel TV.. hahaha...
Have a great weekend!

Michele said...

Absolutely lovely scenery and spectacular leaves! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. Nothing like that here in Florida :-(

Weekend-Windup said...

You have taken wonderful shots. Clouds moving over the mountains looks great.
Another picture shows a mountain covered with velvet cloth and trees are grown on it.

Prairie Stitcher said...

The fish appreciate your journey no end, I bet. Less work for them if you just look instead of hook! Ha! We love lolly-gagging along, too and have made some fun journeys this year, like you. Aren't our northwest autumns wonderful? Lovely halcyon days and! We even had a little rain which helped the color here in the desert. So glad the kitties are friends. You can see it in their eyes, can't you? Warm in the house, crispy outside, smells of cinnamon and bread baking.....mmmmmmm.


Wow - what fantastic photos! Awesome. Have loved scrolling down and looking at your lovely quilts - just beautiful. xCathy

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

Did you scoot up the road to Joseph? You can see Hells Canyon up that way and the drive from the great quilt shop in Joseph to the great quilt shop in Halfway is long as its not closed due to snowfall!

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