Yes! Morning is better here I guess.
|beautiful Powder River runs through Baker City and into the surrounding hills|
|the highway department was chip-sealing route 86 and took groups of us through following a pilot car. there were funny signs along the way admonishing us to "keep cattle off the fresh chip seal"!|
|this guy was riding patiently along in front of us all the way|
|the Snake River wending its way through the beginning of Hell's Canyon on its way to the dam|
|we were driving on the Idaho side of the gorge, evidently. back to mountain time zone too|
|the landscape really gets wild from here into the Canyon|
|see me standing timidly behind the the jeep? what a wimp I am|
Dave took these last few pictures from the top of the dam. I came as close to having a panic attack as I ever have as we approached the dam. The road had squeezed down even more and the only way to go forward was to drive right over the narrow dam. I knew it was at least 300 feet down to the river below and I knew I'd lose it if we tried to drive on the top of the dam. I made Dave stop, make an 8 point turn on this tiny road and pull off. A rented motorhome that had been following us looked nervous too and they backed up a long way until they could turn around too. I felt really guilty because we had driven such a long time to see the dam, so I suggested that Dave leave me where I felt comfortable and go back to see the view. I gave him the camera and he hiked back and had a good time talking to the workers on the dam. As a matter of fact, one of the guys invited him to climb up a big ladder so he could get a better view! The folks from the motorhome parked and walked back to see the river too. I think they were from England.
The last picture looks very different because Dave accidentally changed the camera setting, but I like it because I think it captured exactly how I felt standing there....