|Taking a walk after the rain stopped near our park in Elgin, OR.|
The area we are exploring surrounds the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Set in the Wallowa Mountains, the Wilderness has over 30 peaks exceeding 8,000 feet, many high alpine lakes, with streams and rivers running rampant everywhere. It is absolutely breathtaking!
|Incredible scenery near Enterprise, OR.|
When we first arrived we had a couple of days of rain. Not a bad thing at all, we've experienced very little precipitation since we hit the road almost two years ago. And, it's doing a great job of keeping this corner of Oregon green. Since we're staying near La Grande, OR it only made sense to spend a rainy day taking factory tours of the two local RV manufacturing plants: Outdoors RV Manufacturing and Northwood Manufacturing.
These two RV manufacturers are on our radar if we ever want to downsize our rig. They make well constructed, four seasons, rugged travel trailers, 5th wheels and truck campers. At both plants we got personalized tours and saw just about every inch of the manufacturing process.
|We're up on the scaffolding getting a birds eye view of the finishing process at Outdoors RV.|
|Northwood had a great platform where we could see across the entire assembly warehouse.|
When the rain cleared up we took a very long (for us) day trip to check out the small towns along the East side of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Our turn around point, Wallowa Lake, lies 55 miles from our RV park in Elgin. But what a gorgeous drive it was. Rolling green hills covered in feed crops gave way to forested mountains, rushing tumbling rivers and creeks, cute small towns, and towering snow covered peaks. We saw deer, elk, marmot and possibly fox on this drive.
Joseph, OR was such a pretty little town, cute shops and restaurants and so visually pleasing, we'll likely stay there when we return to the area, maybe next summer. We even managed to fit in a short hike near Wallowa Lake to BC Falls. Hans made a brief panorama video of the incredible scenery near Joseph that can be viewed here.
|Downtown Joseph, OR.|
|Mural in Joseph, OR.|
Now that the weather has improved we've got a few hikes lined up before we leave. We'll take the bear spray with us...this is some wild country!