Last Sunday we crossed another sightseeing trip off our list, we finally made it to the Snake River!
This river doesn't have many access points but Pittsburg Landing, fairly close to us, is one of them.
After crossing the Salmon River at White Bird, a scenic, graveled but well maintained, year-round mountain road, leads you to the top of the mountain ridge that stands between the two rivers ..
My little guide book mentioned that deer are plentiful in this area, and indeed it wasn't long before we came across this doe and her fawn (my first, this year) ..
And a little further up the road this small herd of two does and their babies ..
So pretty! And very cute of course ..
After about 10 miles you reach Pittsburg 'Saddle', where you have a great view of the road winding it's way down through the Hell's Canyon Recreation Area.
Those mountains in the distance are on the other side of the river in Oregon!
The road descending to Pittsburg Landing from here is narrow and very winding above, you want keep your eye on the road!
The Upper one, where we went first, is the starting point for several hiking trails and has some picnic benches and a toilet.
We made our way down, to the river's edge, to have our first cup of coffee.
We were the only ones there, it was so beautiful, cool and peaceful and .. quiet!
Not only had we picked a gorgeous day again for this outing, and because we'd left early the temperature was still very comfortable, but because the corona-virus and the rock-slide tourism is way down .. just the way we like it!
After a while we took a short trail a little down the road, where interpretive signs lead you by several Indian petroglyphs.
These are reminders of the Nez Perce Indians, who occupied this area long before any white man traveled through here.
The petroglyphs are hard to see these days, since they faded over the 2000 years that they've been here (that, and vandalism!), but the grindstone is still very visible ..
This scenery, inland of the river, reminded us a little of the scenes of Africa, which we had just seen in the movie 'Tarzan' we'd watched a couple of days ago ..
This is looking downstream the river towards the 'lower' landing:
The lower landing, with it's boat-ramp, is used as a put-in and take-out point by several river boat outfitters who offer Snake River cruises, as well as by many individual boaters.
We climbed on a rocky outcropping near the ramp to have lunch, and watched the comings and goings of several boats and floats ..
Off course we had to 'test the waters' ourselves!
The rocks were very slippery, but the water was actually not that cold.
Showing off our new handy-dandy zipp-off pants!
So far for another fine day in this beautiful state!
On Saturday, after golf, we got some coffee to go at Crema, and drove over to the park at the end of town to check out the Saturday's Farmer's Market, somewhere we've been thinking of going but never did .. so far.
|There was life music!|
A gadget I'm coveting, but could never afford (this one is about $700).
(There are cheaper ones, somewhere around $200-$300 .. hmm, that might actually be in my grasp right now!)
There were a handful of vegetable, flower and berry booths ..
And a few more crafty people, selling their handmade wooden signs and all kind of crocheted 'stuff' ..
It was about the smallest farmers market we've ever seen, but it was at least nice to sit in the shade under the huge cottonwood trees, and enjoy our coffee and pastries.
The fruit at our place just keeps on coming, there's tons of wild plums now and the first blackberries are ripening!
I've already picked enough for several days of cereal toppings and
I see pies, cobblers and muffins in our near future!
There's not much visible progress at the job site, the guys are battling the morning dew and than the heat of the afternoon, when it's too slippery or too hot to be on the roof.
Fortunately there's also still loads of siding to be done, so they can switch to that. It's just a very, very slow process.
Derrick has finished the front side of the house and is now working on the chimney ..
(We did pass our fire inspection today by the way, so only the final is left. Yahoo!)
The drywaller's are finally done prepping (after many failed attempts), and are going to finish texturing on Saturday.
We'll be getting there ... I doubt we'll be done by the 'dead-line' we set for our selves (Oct 1st) but I guess we'll get it done, sooner or later ..
As I mentioned, the weather has been really hot lately, temperatures are now approaching the triple digits!
Evenings are still warm and the nights are not cooling down much either.
It's almost too warm to have dinner outside, but every now and than it's just comfortable enough to do so ..
Tri-tip with 'patat'. Merl approves!