Who is Inside the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast

There are four of us in addition to Heather that keep the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast up and running strong. 

Bill, Heather's husband, is the primary chef and logistician plus all around handyman.  Bill is a Rotarian and is president-elect fof the Wallowa County Rotary Club #317 (District 5100) for 2009.

Joanna is our stalwart housekeeper--she who keeps everything lovely in the bed and breakfast.

Tiffany is Joanna's daughter and helps out with the housekeeping when she can.  She's a sophomore at Joseph High School and hopes to go to Japan next year as part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program.

Madigan, our resident feline, has her own opinions about how the Bronze Antler should be run.  She drops in her comments on life, guests, the weather, and what it's like to be a bed and breakfast cat.

You'll see comments from each of them listed with "___sends:"
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Bill sends:

My contribution to the bed and breakfast revolves around the kitchen.  Heather & I assess the upcoming week's menu, taking into consideration guests with specific food allergies, religious restrictions or preferences.  We serve breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. to give the early-birds a jump on the day.  Those that want to snooze to the last minute can do that too.  We usually alternate our menu from savory dishes to sweet dishes. 

I am surprised at the number of people who typically start the day with little or no breakfast.  But here at the Bronze Antler, I try to give them a full, balanced and tasty experience.
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Joanna sends:

My name is Joanna and I have lived in Wallowa County for 6 years.  I have lived all the way from the base of Chief Joseph Mountain to the Imnaha Canyon where I live now.  I enjoy an orchard with Pears, Apples, Cherries, Plums and Apricots.  I also enjoy a healthy Vegetable Garden every year and my Berry and Flower beds grow bigger each year.

The Imnaha Canyon has many species of wildlife including Bears, Cougars, Coyotes, Turkeys, Deer, Elk and Big Horn Sheep for starters.  The Imnaha River usually has 2 Steelhead seasons a year and this year, 2008, had a very good salmon season.

I am happily married to an avid hunter and fisherman.  I have a 16-year old daughter who is preparing to go to Japan for her Junior  year of school and a 13-year old son who plays defensive nose tackle on the Joseph Oregon Junior High School Football team.

I shot my first Buck Deer this year.  A non-typical 3x4 with double eye guards.  He was HUGE!!  I will be back out hunting with my son at the end of November, trying to bring home a Cow Elk.

I have worked at the
Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast for 4 years.  I have been through interesting upgrades to the rooms and the entire construction of the newest add-ons, the Mirror Lake Suiteand the new private den.  Bill and Heather have proven to be fun and relaxed innkeepers and employers.
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Tiffany sends:

Hey everyone. My name is Tiffany and I've lived with my Mom in Wallowa County for two years. I am in the 10th grade in Joseph High School and am looking forward to going to Japan in August for Rotary Exchange.

I am currently going into Softball this spring and am making a 4.0 GPA. I've been going to school in Joseph Oregon for almost two years and have made many good friends. I am also currently taking AP classes, Algebra 2 and advanced Art.


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Madigan sends:

Every bed and breakfast ought to have a cat and I'm the cat-in-charge around here.  So what that I'm the only cat.  Everyone does my bidding, especially the two that live here full-time. 

She prepares my breakfast, then I spend the morning on the back of the couch.  Later, I'll move to my bed for a late-morning to mid-afternoon nap.  It's so tiring supervising this place!  In the evening, I'll be back on my couch on the cushion.  Unless, there's a guest in the way, then I'll scowl and make smart remarks until they leave.


I enjoy surfing the Internet (I watch over her shoulder).  I'm also thinking about a literary career but haven't pursued it yet.  Something about opposable thumbs and keyboards that just doesn't work that well.
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Rest and Relaxation at our Joseph Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Madigan sends:

Okay already.  So I'm a slug and a cat at the same time.  My observing literacy project at our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast has taken a downturn.  I've been lazy.

But this week made up for it.  We had a guest who came here by herself for a little eastern Oregon vacation--'said it was more for rest and relaxation.  She has a very busy professional life and needed some time to get away from it all, read a book, take a walk, and slow down for a little while. 

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Literary Events in September in Wallowa County Oregon

Madigan sends:

Fishtrap in Enterprise OregonLiterary events in September in Wallowa County Oregon?  Geez, an' I thought I had the corner on the literary end of Wallowa County with my Observing Literacy program here at the bed and breakfast. 

But she was surfing on my couch today an' reading her email, and read this from Rick Bombaci, the director at Fishtrap:

"While I was 40 miles north of town, dancing under the moon, those storm clouds were pummeling Enterprise with hail.  But locals shouldn’t complain.  In 1903, a...

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Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race comes to Joseph Oregon in 2010

Madigan sends:

Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race in Joseph OregonWell, against my better judgement, I have to announce that the Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race will take place next year January 14-16, 2010 (Thursday thru Saturday).  The race president just announced the dates on the Eagle Cap Extreme website. 

There's a bright side to this--a really cool video shot by Oregon Public Broadcasting's Oregon Field Guild team last January.  You can watch it
here.

I just cringe at the thought of all those dogs here in Joseph Oregon for the vet checks on...
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Nora The Piano Cat

Madigan sends:

I have to take a break from my observing literacy program at our bed and breakfast to comment about Nora The Piano Cat.   I'm truly impressed by this cat's command of the keyboard.  And the composer is so clever to capture her enthusiasm for her instrument.



 


Gee, if they got a piano for me, we might be able to turn this place into a Wallowa Lake hotel with me in the lobby on the keyboard. . .I could serenade the guests in the afternoon when they first arrive on their Eastern Oregon...
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Observing Literacy at our Wallowa Lake lodging in July

Wallowa Lake image courtesy of the Wallowa Land Trust at wallowalandtrust.orgMadigan sends:

So here's a new twist.  In the evening the guests took their books out on the porch of our bed and breakfast to read. 

Then the next morning they drove to the north end of Wallowa Lake and sat on the picnic benches at the Wallowa County Park so they could read and look at the Wallowa Mountains with the lake in front of them, sorta like this picture.

Friendly buck at Wallowa Lake State ParkThen in the afternoon when it got hotter they went to the Wallowa Lake State Park at the south end of the lake where it's a...
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Observing Literacy in July at our Wallowa Lake Lodging

Madigan sends:

My observing literacy program has been slowing down a little lately at our Wallowa Lake lodging.  I'm not surprised.  It's summer and most of the guests at our Joseph bed and breakfast are more interested in getting outside and hiking rather than staying on the porch and reading a book.  Last week we even had guests that hiked all the way to Ice Lake and back in just one day!

Food Matters by Mark BittmanSo here's an abbreviated reading list:

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating by Mark Bittman

The Reluctant...
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Observing Literacy at our Joseph bed and breakfast

Madigan sends:

Well, here's another installment in my observing literacy program.  It's been pretty busy this week at our Joseph bed and breakfast now that the rains are over.  I'm thinkin' it's really summer for a change--nice and sunny, dry, and not too hot.  The guests are liking it too.  Plenty of hiking and some of them are riding the Wallowa Lake Tramway to take in the view from the top of Mount Howard.

The Google Way available at Amazon.comSo here's what they're reading:

The Google Way: How One Company is Revolutionizing...
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Are we there yet? How long does it take to get to Joseph Oregon?

Madigan sends:

She answers all sorts of questions for people on the phone.  A common one is "How long does it take to get to Joseph Oregon?"  These are her typical answers:

Coming from the east (Idaho):
4 hours from Boise, ID via Interstate 84 to OR Highway 82
5 hours from Boise, ID via Cambridge, Brownlee Dam, then around Forest Road 39 (don't try this one between November and April as the Forest Road 39 will most likely be closed!)

Coming from the north or northwest (Washington):
4 hours from...
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Observing Literacy at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in June

Madigan sends:

Fatally Flaky available from Amazon.comJune is turning out to be a banner month for my observing literacy program.  Just this weekend I observed five different titles.  I'm thinking that the Diane Mott Davidson series might be the thing that the he-innkeeper would like to read--some sort of "who done it" mysteries combined with recipes and cooking.

Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

The January Dancer by Michael Flynn

Medusa: A Kurt Austin Adventure by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos

The Middle Place
by Kelly Corrigan

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Observing Literacy in May at our Wallowa Lake lodging

Madigan sends:

The guests are reading about Wallowa Lake again.  Couple of guests had books that talk about Wallowa Lake--not the Wallowa Lake Hotel (there isn't one, but there's the Wallowa Lake Lodge).  I especially like it when they read on the front porch.  It's so cool out there in the afternoons with the light breezes and I can really snoop

The Shack available at Amazon.comThe Shack by William Paul Young.  Story starts at a cabin near Wallowa Lake.

The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest.  Classic by Alvin M....
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5th Anniversary of the Water Feature

Bill sends:

It was five years ago this summer that I conceived the idea for my water feature.  I began my quest with having a hole drilled through a piece of basalt.  The excitement lasted one week because the next week I fell down some stairs, broke my arm and had surgery to fix it.  'Brought the whole thing to a screeching halt for that summer.

I went on another quest to research the size, type and location of a water feature I wanted to add to our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfastgarden.  Took...

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Forest Road 39 is open for the 2009 season!

Madigan sends:

Ride the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway with the windows down I heard her talking to newly arriving guests from Boise Idaho today.  Apparently they came to Joseph on the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (aka Forest Road 39 aka center section of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway).

So, the road is open for the season!  Now the guests can drive the full length of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway from Baker City to LaGrande with our little Hells Canyon lodging about halfway through the trip.

I can hardly wait for the guests on motorcycles to start arriving. ....
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Observing Literacy Extravaganza at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast

Madigan sends:

Wow! What a literary extravaganza at our Joseph bed and breakfast this week!  I'm gettin' the opportunity to observe all sorts of books here.  These guests are making the most of their Joseph Oregon lodging with plenty to read when they're not having breakfast or drinking coffee or going out on the town.

Top Secret Tourism available at amazon.comSword Song: The Battle for London by Bernard Cornwell

Top Secret Tourism: Your Travel Guide to Germ Warfare Laboratories, Clandestine Aircraft Bases, and Other Places in the United...

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Observing Literacy at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast

Madigan sends:

Interesting guests at our Wallowa Lake lodging this week.  The he-guest came into the living room an' started talkin' about his books.  He said he's a book addict.  It was just my chance to get into the game. . .

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek available at Amazon.comIt started with him talkin' about Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.  He says it's a 1970s classic.  I wouldn't know.  I wasn't around then. 

But it starts off with the words, "I used to have a cat, an old fighting tom, who would jump through the open window by my...
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Observing Literacy at our Hells Canyon Lodging

Madigan sends:

It's been an interesting week at our Hells Canyon lodging.  I'm saying Hells Canyon lodging because so many of the guests coming here have an interest in Hells Canyon.  It's too bad that Forest Road 39 isn't open yet so they could get there from here easily!

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv read at the Bronze Antler Bed and BreakfastAnd here are the books I observed this week:

Last Chld in the Woods by Richard Louv

Ecological Literacy (the she-guest said it was a compilation of articles)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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A Twitter Enabled Cat Flap?

Madigan sends:

With all this talk about Facebook and Twitter and social networking, she was on my couch again this morning surfing the Internet and found this article on a Twitter-enabled cat flap (that's a cat door for American folks).

Ioan Ghip, the Romanian inventor, lives in Salem, Oregon (not too far away) and it lets his cats get in and out of their garage so that other animals don't get in and eat their food.  But it also sends images to Twitter.  The door tweets every time one of the cats... Read More
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Observing Literacy in April at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast

Madigan sends:

Well, here's a new one for my Observing Literacy project.  The bed and breakfast she-guest was reading a book written in Spanish.

Lituma en los Andes available from Amazon.com. Click on photo to find on Amazon.comLituma en los Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa.   The she-guest said it's an older book but she likes to read in Spanish to keep up her language skills.

Surfing around, I found a
book review from The Atlantic Monthly.  Looks like a tough read in English or in Spanish.  Lots of violence.  Cats appreciate that sort of thing.

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Surprise You Have Guests

Bill sends:

Surprise, surprise!  A guest is only a phone call away.  Heather & I had just said our good-byes to our departing guests on Sunday morning.  We thought we'd settle into a Sunday afternoon routine with no guests at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast, when suddenly the phone rang.

And bingo, we have guests for tonight.  They called from Halfway, Oregon.  They'd spent the night at the Clear Creek Inn, a Hells Canyon lodging facility and Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member.  Vickie, the...

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Innkeepers on the Road: Atlanta, Georgia

Bill sends:

Joseph bed and breakfast innkeepers in Atlanta GeorgiaIt's Sunday, March 29th, so it must be Atlanta and the Hyatt Regency.  We are on the 11th floor of a 23-floor building which has a whole lot more rooms than our little four room bed and breakfast near Wallowa Lake.  I wonder how many housekeepers they have?

And there might be more people in this hotel than there are in Wallowa County!  The skyscrapers in Atlanta are a fine view, but I'm already missing the Wallowa Mountains.

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A video glimpse of Wallowa Lake

Madigan sends:

So. you're debating whether or not you want to take an Eastern Oregon vacation this year?  I came across this video produced by Feister Dills Images about Wallowa Lake.  They used to be our neighbors and I miss them.

The video is about a family vacation at Wallowa Lake and all the things to see and do there.  Since it's only 6 miles away from Joseph Oregon, I thought it'd be worth sharing. . .

Wallowa Lake Sights & Sounds from Feister Dills Images on Vimeo.

Lots of guests who stay with us...

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