Day 6_ a ride in the tram

What a great day we had today. We rode the tram at the Wallowa Lake resort up to Mt Howard, just under the 9,000 foot elevation. My husband and I are not thrilled with heights, ski lifts or trams but we knew we had to do this. This tram is the highest one in the USA even though it is only 120’ off the ground. That’s enough. We were hoping for clearer skies but the longer we waited the worse the skies go so we decided it was today or never.

 The ride takes about 14 minutes and is fairly smooth. On the way up you are looking through plastic and so it is difficult to take photos of the lake. On the way down you can stick your camera out and open window to get the pix.

 After we got to the top we spent most of the afternoon walking the trails. There are loops that take you to several vista points for views of mountains and the lake. Once again, due to the fires, the skies were hazy and not the best for photos. You have the sensation that you are in the Alps with the granite peaks here. Through our binoculars we were able to see a slight amount of snow in some of the crevices.

 

I loved the alpine trees and the upended root systems. They are like beautiful pieces of sculpture.

 We bought a 2-day pass for $36 so we will come up again and just maybe the smoke will have cleared the next time. We stopped to have lunch at the grill and then sat and enjoyed the sunshine. Then it was time to go.

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About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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