Tag Archives: Union County

Indian Rocks, Grande Ronde Valley

Indian Rocks lie above the Grande Ronde Valley, about a half hour drive from La Grande.  In late spring, it is a great place for a picnic or a bike ride.

Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande

 

Morgan Lake Spring, La Grande

Morgan Lake lies an easy uphill drive fifteen minutes above La Grande.  Hiking here any time of year is always good, but spring is especially beautiful.

Morgan Lake La Grande Union County

Morgan Lake La Grande Union County

Morgan Lake La Grande Union County
Morgan Lake La Grande Union County
Morgan Lake La Grande Union County
Morgan Lake La Grande Union County, balsam root
Morgan Lake La Grande Union County, balsam root
Morgan Lake La Grande Union County, balsam root, mules ears

Summit Guard Station, Umatilla National Forest, Meacham Canyon

The Summit Road going east from Interstate 84 takes one to the turnoff to this gorgeous view from the Summit Guard Station on the Umatilla National Forest.  In the spring, the camas and Indian paintbrush are spectacular above Meacham Creek Canyon.!

Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon
Summit Guard Station Umatilla National Forest,Meacham Canyon

The Whitman Overlook, Umatilla National Forest

Whitman Overlook, Umatilla National Forest, Umatilla County, Union County
Whitman Overlook, Umatilla National Forest, Umatilla County, Union County

Here is an account from the journal of Narcissa Whitman, who crossed the Blue Mountains in late August, 1836.  She and her husband, Marcus, established the Whitman Mission that fall in Walla Walla.  They had left from Independence Missouri, and followed what became the Oregon Trail.  She    was the first white woman to come west in this fashion.

“After dinner we left the plain and ascended the Blue Mountains. Here a new and pleasing scene presented itself-mountains covered with timber, through which we rode all the afternoon; a very agreeable change. The scenery reminded me of the hills in my native country of Streuben.

August 29th. – Had a combination of the same scenery as yesterday afternoon. Rode over many logs and obstructions that we had not found since we left the states. Here I frequently met old acquaintances in the trees and flowers, and was not a little delighted; indeed, I do not know as I was ever so much affected with any scenery in my life. The singing of birds, the echo of voices of my fellow travelers, as they were scattered through the woods, all had a strong resemblance to bygone days. But this scenery was of short duration-only one day.

Before noon we began to descend one of the most terrible mountains for steepness and length I have yet seen. It was like winding stairs in its descent, and in some places almost perpendicular. The horses appeared to dread the hill as much as we did. They would turn and wind around in a zigzag manner all the way down. The men usually walked, but I could not get permission to, neither did I desire it much.”

 

BSA Troop 514 Klondike Derby, 2019

Once again, BSA Troop 514, La Grande, OR successfully prepared snow shelters and slept in them for the annual Klondike Derby at Mud Lake, opposite the Anthony Lakes ski area. Eleven hard working Scouts, in an excellent team effort, dug a forty foot by five foot trench down into six feet of snow.  From there, they dug three snow caves into the sides of the trench. This preparation happened on Saturday and Monday of Presidents’ weekend.  Last Friday night, February 22nd, they slept in the caves and then participated in the Saturday morning Klondike competition .

 

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby
Getting ready to camp in a tree well
My little tent in the snowy woods
BSA Troop 514 winter camping

BSA Troop 514 flag ceremony

Eastern Oregon District Klondike Derby

My Best Ever Scout Camping Weekend

Scouts from Troop 514 left early Saturday for their annual rock climbing weekend at Hoffer Lake, above Anthony Lake.  We knew we would encounter skiffs of snow, but little did we realize we would be breaking trail in close to twelve inches.

We enjoyed true winter camping. The boys adjusted for the conditions, working together to pitch their tents, cook their food, gather firewood and stay warm.

Hoffer Lake was lightly frozen. The late afternoon light created marvelous color tones on the lake. When I awoke Sunday morning after a chilly night, I was grateful to be there, amidst this snow cover beauty, rather than simply sitting in my easy chair at home drinking coffee.  Coffee outdoors by the campfire was much better 🙂

Anthony Lake snow
Anthony Lake snow
Troop 514 hiking to Hoffer Lake
Troop 514 hiking to Hoffer Lake
Troop 514 hiking in snow
Troop 514 hiking in snow
Troop 514
Troop 514
BSA Troop 514
BSA Troop 514
Scouts drying socks
Scouts drying socks
A great meal, BSA Troop 514
A great meal, BSA Troop 514
Hoffer Lake sunset
Hoffer Lake sunset
hoffer Lake ice and snow
hoffer Lake ice and snow
Scouts watching sunset
Scouts watching sunset
Hoffer Lake camping, snow camping
Hoffer Lake camping, snow camping

 

 

Grande Ronde river rescue by Troop 514

 

Thirteen Scouts, four adults with four rafts enjoyed three days on the Grande Ronde river from June 16 to June 18..  Three of the boats were involved in rescuing a party of five whose boat had flipped . Morgan, Nate, Tim, Caleb, Garren righted the flipped raft and collected floating gear, and helped out a father and son who had landed on a rock near shore,. Nick skillfully maneuvered the second Scout raft while Lucy, Kadyn, Elias  pulled a father and two young children out of the river, got them to shore and provided them dry clothes. Eric, James, Devin in the third boat heated up water with a jet boil stove, and furnished   food and drink to the the children and father.  It was a solid performance by the Scouts. Greg in the lead boat, was ahead of the accident. He had a campsite ready for us when we arrived.  David, Alex, Kyler, and Eli had walked up stream and alerted us where to land, and helped pull us in.

Troop 514 ready to start Grande Ronde river trip
Troop 514 ready to start Grande Ronde river trip
Rafting the Grande Ronde River
Rafting the Grande Ronde River
Grande Ronde river fun
Grande Ronde river fun
Dutch oven cooking on the Grande Ronde river
Troop 514 Dutch oven cooking on the Grande Ronde river
Oarsman Nick
Oarsman Nick
Grande Ronde River campsite
Troop 514 Grande Ronde River campsite
River fun
River fun
Splash
Splash
Saturday afternoon campsite
Saturday afternoon campsite. Enjoying the water.
Troop 514 dutch oven pineapple upside down cake
Troop 514 dutch oven pineapple upside down cake
BSA Troop 514 rafts on the Grande Ronde river
BSA Troop 514 rafts on the Grande Ronde river