Salt Lake City to Tieton River

May 31 to June 2nd, 2007

On Thursday May 31st, we leave our quiet spot in Big Cottonwood and begin the long drive toward the Cascades. We arrive in Twin Falls, ID, just in time to catch a movie at The Orpheum, an old movie theatre downtown that was renovated a couple years ago. The movie is nothing special but we have a good time and take pics of the theatre. We then look around downtown for a decent place to eat. Can't find anything and end up driving to the other side of town, near the Lamphouse theatre - an arts movie theatre that we had also reconned when we were climbing at City of Rocks during our first bus trip. Closed. We do not find any decent restaurant there either. End up driving to The Fiesta, a mexican restaurant where we had dinner before. Huge portions. Pretty good burritos and salsa.

The next day, Eric call Western States Equipment first thing in the morning about doing an oil change for the bus. After suggesting we try Twin Falls Trucks (a DD shop, who said they couldn't help us before Monday), they agree to help. A few phone calls to locate oil and filters, and we drive the bus to the shop. The last oil change we did was in this very same shop, more than 3 years and 9000 miles ago! We get to the shop around 10AM, and get out again at 1:30PM. Hit the road, direction Washington. We drive for several hours before we stop at Baker City, a small town with a historic main street that was advertised along the interstate. Some nice buildings indeed, including the Geiser Grand Hotel, a gorgeous late 19th century hotel. The town is a bit quiet as usual. We try to get a sidewalk table at the local brew pub, but it's too busy. After trying a few sites in town to park for the night, we drive a mile away from downtown and find a good spot on the county fairgrounds.

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The inside of the Orpheum movie theatre in Twin Falls, ID.
Downtown Baker City, OR.
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The historic Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City, OR.
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Inside the Geiser Grand Hotel.
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Inside the Baker City Bella Tower.
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Western country...
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Parked downtown Pendleton, OR.
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Old car show in Pendleton.
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Driving on I-82 between Pendleton, OR and Yakima, WA.
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For our "Only in America" collection: rest area 80 on I-82.

On June 2nd, we drive from Baker City, OR to the climbing area near the Tieton River, WA. We drive through the La Grande historical district, but stop in downtown Pendleton. They're having an old car show and we spend an hour walking downtown. We then drive on I-82 to Yakima, stopping on our way at rest area 80 for ice creams. It's really hot. Taking advantage of the Wi-Fi hotspot, Eric research the latest point-and-shoot cameras (our trusty Canon S70 just died on us!). He can't do much - the connection is just too slow. After a last stop in Yakima for groceries, we make it to a pull-out just below the Royal Columns around 8:30pm.