"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Into Idaho on the Oregon Trail

We made it into Idaho today.  Before leaving Oregon though, we decided to visit this place.
It is located in Baker City, Oregon and has some of the best information on the Oregon trail that I've seen.  They have a number of life sized displays portraying life and times on the trail.  Here are some of the different ways way folks traveled on the trail.

With oxen, mules, alone on horseback, by foot, or pulling a pushcart, it wasn't an easy journey.  Death was very near every day.

 This picture shows the actual route of the trail through the area.

From Baker City we traveled on into Idaho and are at Glenn's Ferry State Park on the Snake River.  It is at a location where the Oregon trail crossed the river.  There are a number of displays here also.  If you haven't picked up on it yet, the pioneers did a pretty good job of navigating.  The interstate even follows their route.

Another bit of information, and another picture of the original route coming down to the Snake river.

Ran into a part of this group again today.  We first met some of them at a park in Montana last year.  They showed us many of their trailers and allowed me to take numerous photos.

The Sisters on the Fly!
Wanda had recently received a copy of their book and cookbook, which was just published, so we thought we would go over and get a few more pictures.  NOT!  As we entered the park I asked the first member I saw if I could take some pictures and she said sure.  As we walked a little further into the park we were met by their "member bouncer" and told it was a closed event and the ladies didn't want to be bothered with visitors. You would think that after publishing a book about themselves, and their fun trailers and such, having the public in to see all of it would be part of the program.  It was an entirely different welcome than the one we received in Montana.  OH well, I got a few pictures anyway before getting kicked off the premises.

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