Another Weekend Full of Fun

Passengers return from an exciting jetboat ride in early June.

As is typical in byway country during the heart of summer, there are lots of ways to spend the weekend, soaking up the sun or cooling off in a watery wonderland.

In Baker City, it’s time for Minor’s Jubilee – a celebration of the region’s gold mining history and a great excuse for lining up lots of music and vendors in the park and bronc busting and bull riding at the fairgrounds. A visit to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will inform and delight history lovers of all ages.

In La Grande, Adams Avenue is alive with activity during the long-standing Crazy Days and Grande Ronde-a-View Car Show. You will find lots of great bargains as businesses clear out their seasonal inventory with tables on the sidewalk. Fire trucks will offer showers to dampen the heat, and the bay doors of the old fire station will be open to expose the new Side A Brewing & Pub, where you can cap off the day with a cool brew and delicious burger or spicy mac and cheese. Be sure to take the time to see the beautifully restored vintage fire trucks and exhibits in the adjacent Eastern Oregon Fire Museum.

At Wallowa Lake, meet at the lodge before 9 a.m., Sunday and take part in a family-friendly Discovery Walk. Billed as enlightening, opportunistic, engaging and flexible, Discovery Walks match participants with a resident naturalist for a morning walk. These can be many things: rambles with kids through the Lodge grounds, wandering up old moraines with curious visitors, or marches up Hurricane creek hunting basalt. Or, take a ride on the Wallowa Lake Tramway for a discovery walk of your own along the two miles of trails at the top.

And, in the heart of the canyon, Hells Canyon Adventures offers jet boat rides on the Snake River. Could there be a better way to see this amazing canyon and beat the heat? Here is this weekend’s schedule:

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 
Kirkwood Jet Boat Adventure 10:00-3:30 
Afternoon Wild Sheep Adventure- 4:00-6:00     

SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017
Kirkwood Jet Boat Adventure 10:00-3:30
Morning Wild Sheep w/ Lunch 10:00-12:00
Afternoon Granite Creek Adventure – 2:00-4:00

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017   
Morning Granite Creek Adventure 10:00-12:00
Day Rafting with Jet Boat Return 9:00- 4:00
Kirkwood Jet Boat Adventure 10:00-3:30
Afternoon Granite Creek Adventure – 2:00-4:00

There are many more choices of how to spend your weekend in Hells Canyon Country! Go to the Visitor Resources page and follow the links to area chambers of commerce for more ideas.

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