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Mt Hood, Oregon
Mt Hood, Oregon

On Wed. June 29 we began our summer of 2005 journey with a day trip up to Mt Hood which is just east of Portland where we had a nice lunch at the famous Timberline Lodge.

Mt Hood, Oregon
Mt Hood, Oregon
Detroit Lake, Oregon
Detroit Lake, Oregon

The next day we drove our Motorhome from Portland down I5 and then east on Hwy 22 from Salem to Detroit Lake.

Mt. Washington, Oregon
Mt. Washington, Oregon
Three Sisters Mountains in Central Oregon
Three Sisters Mountains in Central Oregon

On July 1 we continued east past Mt. Washington, and the Three Sisters which are part of the Cascade mountain range.

Sisters, Oregon
Sisters, Oregon

We had lunch in a beautiful small town called Sisters, and then turned east on Hwy 26. It was a beautiful afternoon drive through the John Day Lava Beds area, and that night we dry camped in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

John Day Lava Beds area
John Day Lava Beds area

The next day we continued along US 26 to I84 and then turned south, driving thru Boise, then past Twin Falls, to the Village of Trees Campground on the Snake River near Rupert Idaho.

Snake River, ID
Fun on the Snake River, ID
Horses on an Idaho Range
Horses on an Idaho Range
Bulls Butting Heads
Bulls Butting Heads
Castle Rocks State Park, ID
Castle Rocks State Park, ID

The next morning we took a day trip through nearby farmland and desert-like range-land, where we saw these horses, and Castle Rocks State Park. As we left the park we saw these two bulls butting heads. Then we drove thru the City of Rocks National Reserve which is a fascinating collection of granite boulders and outcroppings.

City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
City of Rocks National Reserve, ID

July 5th we drove out to the old Saltair resort which was built in 1893 by the Mormon Church, but destroyed by fire in 1931.

Saltair Resort near Salt Lake City, UT
Saltair Resort near Salt Lake City, UT
Saltair Resort near Salt Lake City, UT
Original Saltair Resort near Salt Lake City, UT

Here's a photo of the original building, which was rebuilt after the fire, but the level of the lake dropped and it was closed down during World War II. It was a very popular place to swim, and enjoy entertainment of all kinds, in its time. Then in 1970 another fire completely destroyed the original building and the current building was opened in 1982 near the site of the original. In 1984 the lake reached record highs and the main floor of the building was under five feet of water for several years. In 1992 a new owner restored the building and added a concert stage, where concerts are still presented, occasionally, to this day. There are plans for further improvements and more events at this interesting, but sadly deteriorating facility. Then we drove around Salt Lake City and stopped at the Mormon Temple.

Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City, UT

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