Literary 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 hailstorm led to a flood which devastated the town of Heppner, Oregon, killing one out of five residents. Join us as former journalist Joann Byrd reads from her book, Calamity. Friday, September 25th, 7 pm at Fishtrap. Admission is free.
"And on [Wednesday] September 30, R. Gregory Nokes will read from his book Massacred for Gold, The Chinese in Hells Canyon, the first authoritative account of the long-forgotten 1887 massacre of more than 30 Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon. Admission is free."
So there's still room at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast if anyone wants to come out and attend these Fishtrap events. I might think 'bout goin' myself if they'd dare let a cat into a Fishtrap (whatever that is). An' the price is right--free!
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 breakfast garden. Took me four years to figure this one out. As the garden matured, the possible fountain location kept moving!
Memorial Day Weekend 2009 I took the plunge into the project and started on my fountain. It's a disappearing fountain that trickles into a gravel-filled pool. The water bubbles up through the drilled basalt, runs down the face of the rock onto another concave-faced rock, drops off into a recycled copper birdbath basin, and finally disappears into the gravel.
When it all works, it will provide a gentle sound of splashing water for our guests in the new Mirror Lake Suite and upstairs in the Chief Joseph Mountain Room that overlooks the garden.
Tomorrow it's electricity and water. Stay tuned for developments.
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.
Sword 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 States You're Not Supposed to Know About by Harry Helms (This one looked interesting. There wasn't anything listed for Oregon, but there were entries for Washington and Idaho.)
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (not a problem for me--I don't like most foods except chicken and fish, an' of course milk!)
Lost Boy No More: A True Story of Survival and Salvation by Agraham Nhial and DiAnn Mills
Concerning the City of God against the Pagans by St. Augustine (translated by Henry Bettenson)
Now that the guests are done with breakfast and gone for the day I'll have plenty of chance to look at these since they left them on the coffee table in the living room.
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 innkeeper at Clear Creek, had recommended the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast since the guests were going to Joseph Oregon.
Halfway is only 30 to 40 minutes as the crow flies, but it's 3 hours by road this time of year because Forest Road 39 is still snowed in (see another blog post about this here).
Our guests are from the Tri-Cities, Washington, and out on a weekend jaunt to explore Northeastern Oregon. It's only a 3-hour drive from the Tri-Cities to here, so it's easy access even in winter.
If I'd wanted predictability I would've taken a 9 to 5 job. But I really enjoy our drop in guests. They're often such serendipitous folks and spontaneous. Just the reason we opened our Joseph bed and breakfast.
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 at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast like to do some of the things in the video. They take the Wallowa Lake Tramway up to the top of Mt. Howard. They go for a trail ride on the horses at the Eagle Cap Pack Station. Some of 'em even go parasailing (but not too many--I certainly wouldn't--it'd mess up my fur).
Enjoy the video and click on the links at the right of the blog so you can come stay with the best bed and breakfast cat in Eastern Oregon--me!