Joseph, Oregon – Day One – Aaaargh!

I decided to spend some time in Joseph this week. The last time I went to Joseph it was on a Memorial Day weekend in the early 90’s and I was welcomed to town with a speeding ticket between Enterprise and Joseph. I deserved it but it was irksome. When I woke up the next morning to a couple inches of snow, with more predicted, I just left town and headed home.

I was convinced this trip would be different. The drive was smooth with almost no traffic, just construction. In particular the very, very small town of Imbler was paving the main street which meant flaggers and delays. Stimulus money at work. When I reached my lodging for the next couple of nights I saw a sign that made me wonder what was in front of me – the resort was “For Sale”. Oh @#$#, what was I to expect from a place which was probably in financial trouble. I found out in a few minutes. After registering and getting the key to cabin #2 I entered the cabin and did a preliminary look-around. Nice, beds were not made and there was no toilet paper, just an empty roll. I went back to the office and they suggested I move to another cabin. The first cabin I was shown had a shower with an entry I had no chance of getting through. The second cabin, #5, looked like it would work out fine so I moved in for the night. The nice folks said they would move me back to cabin #2 for the second night. Great, schlepping my gear to another cabin, tomorrow. By now it was time for a little dinner and off to bed to get up at dawn for some photography. First let’s check to see if there is cell service – nope. WiFi, yes, but I forgot to get the password from the office. I’ll take care of that tomorrow.


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