When is a Kid No Longer a Kid at the Eagle Creek Fire

I’ve driven through the Gorge more times than I can even remember, and each and every time it is a beautiful sight to see, one we Oregonians don’t take for granted, especially this week as the Eagle Creek Fire continues to ravage the hillsides and ravines.  A careless act of a 15-year-old child apparently started…

No Room for Racism Here!!

What’s on my mind Facebook asks….a lot….sadness for one, that while I was enjoying a family camping trip all hell was breaking loose across my country. I have kids that live in this world! I have grandkids that will one day understand that the world we live in…..the country we live in…..has people walking the…

Umatilla’s Path of ‘Almost’ Totality Tailgate Party

Ready or not the 2017 total eclipse of the sun is just a week away….where will you be to experience it all? How about heading over to Umatilla’s Marina Park on Sunday just to make sure you get a good spot to view it from. Plenty will be happening to keep you entertained and there…

UPDATE

Things are looking a bit empty on here. I had an issue with my last website theme, so I need to upload all of my photos again into the posts. Sorry for the emptiness of this, it will be a work in progress for sure. Have a great day. Don’t forget to travel somewhere beautiful…

My View – June/July 2016

Here we go, summer is in full swing. It’s time for camping, fishing, bike riding, kayaking, hiking and all other types of outdoor activities.   I was lucky enough to start my summer off at Barton Park in Boring, Oregon where a portion of my family got together to camp, tell tall tales around the…

The Road to Hana in Maui

What an incredible trip this was, yet had I known the Road to Hana is the fifth most dangerous road in the world, I don’t think I would have willingly gone.

OEN and the Tom Holce 2016 Entrepreneurship Awards

By Lori Kimbel   It’s no secret that I come from a small town in Northeast Oregon… Elgin, Oregon to be exact. Elgin is like many of the small towns in America, more often than not it is peaceful, safe and friendly, so when this small town lady decided to spend a night on the…

Andrew Muse and His Tiny Home Adventure

By Lori Kimbel Twenty six year old Andrew Muse is living a life full of adventure and excitement. A life many would love to have just a taste of. Traveling the country with his golden lab, canine companion, Kicker, Muse is seen grinning from ear to ear with each new-found, adrenaline-charged quest and Kicker is…

My View

There is never a lack of stories when it comes to writing about Northeast Oregon, but there is the lack of time to write them all. With 2016 quickly coming to a close I guess it is time to think about the future and what it may hold.   The amount of support I continue…

Derek Kolbaba and the Business of Bull Riding

By Lori Kimbel Derek Kolbaba is a bull rider and is on his way to making his dream, of riding in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, come true.   “He was a determined little guy when he was growing up,” said his father, Kyle Kolbaba, a professional bull rider himself in the 90’s….

My View – What a Summer!

Wow! What a summer!     I hope your summer has been every bit as fun as mine has. This past Saturday I attended the annual Timber Tiger Lodge party, which takes place on the side of the Elkhorn Mountains, overlooking the entire Baker Valley. The food was fabulous, the band was amazing, the dancing,…

Little Mermaid at the Elgin Opera House

By Lori Kimbel Without a doubt the Elgin Opera House is the place to be on Fridays and Saturdays throughout September as the Little Mermaid graces the stage. Opening night jitters seemed to be non-existent as these well versed actors and actresses took to the stage time and again after each and every set change….

New Owners at Timberlake Campground and RV Park

By Lori Kimbel Kyle and Marissa Vaner Borght knew they wanted something more than the life they were living in Burbank, California. Their day to day lives lead them down the black pavement to work then home again. Their kids played on pavement at the school they attended and played basketball on pavement in front…

John Kueber Creates Jrrny.com for Travel Blogger Enthusiasts

By Lori Kimbel John Kueber’s first attempt at public office, a bid for president of the junior high he had just started attending where he was known mostly as ‘the new kid’, taught him a lot about failure. Kueber lost the election by a landslide. “I didn’t really let it bug me,” he said. “It…

Wheat, Alfalfa, Grass and Mint in the Grande Ronde Valley

I travel a lot, and am blessed to meet some really great people along the way. Lately I’ve been in the Gorge and have come home in the evening, just as the sun has set behind Mount Emily in the Grande Ronde Valley. This is that time on my trip when I crank up Pandora…

Wandering out to Point Prominence

What can be better than taking a trip through the woods with your man and your dog. Snow in the mountains of NE Oregon stops a lot of road trips throughout the year, but come late spring the flowers are in bloom and most of the snow in the middle elevations has finally melted away…

Barton Park, Oregon For Family Camping Trip on Memorial Weekend

Barton Park, Oregon for Family Camping Trip on Memorial Weekend TRAVELER  /  May 28, 2016  /  By ramblingwanderer /  follow Home / Travel It was a beautiful day for a drive across the state from Elgin to Boring. We arrived at Barton Park and were thrilled with the wonderful group camping site that was waiting for…

My Journey to the Camino de Santiago

With so many things swirling around in my head about work, life, family, friends, and relationships its hard to imagine that there will be a day that I will be out in this big wide world all alone on the Camino de Santiago. Of course I won’t really be alone, I just won’t have the…

Ready to Search My Soul in Spain

I was looking at the first post I wrote for this blog back in 2011. I talked about my love for Vegas….I really do like Vegas, it’s been a long time since I’ve been and I’d like to see all the changes that are constantly taking place. Now, however, the person I am now, really…

My View – May/June 2016

Have you ever had on of those weeks where everything just came together? I had the good fortune of spending five days in Pendleton, Oregon, home of Eastern Oregon’s signature event, the Pendleton Round-Up. The Round-Up wasn’t happening at the time, but good old fashioned Pendleton hospitality was alive and well at the Oregon Governor’s…

Be Pleasantly Surprised at Fringe Salon and Boutique

By Lori Kimbel   Cosmetologist, Emily Hendricks stepped into a former beauty salon at 612 N. Main Street in downtown Milton-Freewater and her imagination took over. For decades the building had welcomed clients to come, sit, get beautified and rejuvenated under the name Vera’s Beauty Salon; Hendricks decided she would make that happen once again….

Community Focus: Milton Freewater

By Lori Kimbel   Located at the base of the Blue Mountains is the city of Milton-Freewater, which has a lot to offer whether you are a resident or someone just passing through.   With a growing season that lasts from May until October, Milton-Freewater is a favorite among those in one of the many…

Oregon Maverick – Lars Larson

By Lori Kimbel   Lars Larson is well known around the Pacific Northwest; some people hang on his every word, others are known to disagree with him adamantly, this is what makes his local talk show the most listened to radio talk show in the northwest. He does not hide from controversy and seems to…

Ring of Fire Sizzles with Talent

Ring of Fire debuted this weekend at the Historic Elgin Opera House. It depicts Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story, and is told through his music.The cast and crew at the Elgin Opera House once again put on a performance that will be hard to beat. I don’t know how they do it, but they manage…

Let’s Go To Green Bridge

I love living in the place I grew up in. Sometimes I’m ready to move on, I crave some new scenery, and maybe even a new way of looking at the world, but then I have a day like today where I got invited to ride the Eagle Cap Excursion Train, and I know I’m…

Friendly Encounters

  Have you ever had on of those weeks where everything just came together? I had the good fortune of spending five days in Pendleton, Oregon, home of Eastern Oregon’s signature event, the Pendleton Round-Up. The Round-Up wasn’t happening at the time, but good old fashioned Pendleton hospitality was alive and well at the Oregon…

My View – 2016 is in Full Swing

These first couple months of 2016 have proven to be quite eventful to say the least, and we are covering some of those events on the following pages.   I hope you enjoy the article on the situation in Harney County, written by University of Oregon professor, Peter Walker, for Northeast Oregon Business News and…

My View for March-April Issue of Northeast Oregon Business News

This is my letter to the readers of Northeast Oregon Business News.   These first couple months of 2016 have proven to be quite eventful to say the least, and we are covering some of those events on the following pages.   I hope you enjoy the article on the situation in Harney County, written…

My Fair Lady

I attended the live production of My Fair Lady at the Historic Elgin Opera House last night and I was completely blown away, once again, by the talent that graces this stage play after play. Rene Wells played Eliza Doolittle and did an amazing job. Let me tell you, this lady can sing! And dance,…

The MAX, What a Pleasant Surprise

Portland, Portlandia, The Rose City. I was here. All day long, I was here, in Portland, the Rose City, and once again she made me proud to be an Oregonian. It was amazing day in the city, even when we stepped out of the Smith Memorial Student Union Building and felt as if we had…

My Cup Runneth Over

Today was one of those great days when I really appreciate the work I do. I was able to drive to Wallowa County, which a visit to Wallowa County is a blessing all in itself, and visit with a few of the people that make this corner of Oregon special. My ‘job’ allows me to…

A Waddling Wanderer

I came across these little bird foot prints as I was rushing to a community meeting this week. They were little and cute and seemed to trample the snow that I seem to despise this year. They took away some of the hatred for the white stuff I’d been feeling this winter. I don’t always…

From There to Where….Only Time Will Tell

The pictures in today’s post are a bit haunting to me. I’m sure we all have those times in our lives when we feel a little empty and stripped of our warmth for life. Why was I put into this world on the day I was born? Why not a century sooner, or later? Why…

Prayers for Peace for Harney County

  I’ve had mixed emotions today over what transpired on Hwy 395 last night. The leaders of the armed militia group have been taken into custody, unfortunately one of them was hell bent on dying in Oregon. He vowed to take his last breathe here. I feel sorry for his wife and his children. I…

Walking in Winter

The middle of January doesn’t always mean weather nice enough to go for a walk in, so when the sun popped out and the warmth came along with it, it was a perfect recipe for a walk around our small town. We chit chatted while we walked, checked the mail, talked about the nice weather…

Hood River at Night

    I don’t know exactly what it is about Hood River that I love so much, it just has that special something. It seems like I always arrive in Hood River after most of the shops around downtown are closed for the evening, but that doesn’t stop me from walking around looking through their…

Chance Meetings

Chance meetings are always so much fun. While delivering the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of NEOBN I happened to walk toward a young man on my way back to where my car was parked. I smiled and said, “Hello, how are you?” He smiled back and said he was cold, he acted like he wanted to…

Happy New Year – I’m Ready for 2016

The beginning of a new year is always so exciting to me. I’m never sorry to see an old year go, sometimes I am sentimental about it, other times I’ve been ready to put the year behind me without so much as a small glance back, but I have never felt the need to hold…

Here We Go Again

I have created this website more times than I can count it seems, but this time I am going to be sure to keep up on adding photos and creating blog posts.  

I am who I am because of the people I grew up with

Jul 22, 2015 Thirty years ago a group of us graduated from a small town school in NE Oregon. There were 38, 39 or 40 0f us, the actual number has been debated every time we get together. As with all classes across America, some of us were there from the “get-go”, others joined along…

In Loving Memory of Forrest Andrews

My husband and I were visiting Hood River Tuesday night and while we were walking through downtown we heard a commotion of sorts, so I convinced him to go exploring with me to see what was going on. We walked into a parking lot that overlooked a side street. The street was lined with young…

Wheatstock

>Wheatstock was amazing! Is there really anything better than live music on a Saturday night? Okay, it may not have been woodstock, but look out Oregon, I think Wheatstock has the potential to be one of Oregon’s signiture events in the coming years. With a love for music, a love for a small town in…

If Winter is Around the Corner…Don’t Go Swimming in Wallowa Lake

One of my very favorite places to visit is Wallowa Lake. Whether it is summertime, when the place is buzzing with activity, the spring, when the snow is still on the ground, the dead of winter, when the entire lake sometimes freezes over, or in the fall, when the crowds have gone and peace and quiet once again…

Stella Rose Gang Rides Again

“There’s gonna be blood,” Midge Baker sneered as he stared down the railroad tracks at Lookingglass Crossing. His knuckles white from the grip he had on his rifle.             “Midge, relax,” Creb Baker said. Creb knew Midge was like a loose cannon and knowing there were innocent men, women and children on the trailer set…

Ellie’s Day

The first annual Ellie’s Day was held at Inkwood Iron and Gifts on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Ellie has been at the Boise hospital for more than two weeks. She has been very ill and of course the expenses have been growing every day. So we at Inkwood decided to have a day just for…

Mackenzie River Pizza Co.

Our first experience with MacKenzie River Pizza Co. was in Missoula, Montana. The atmosphere was great, the waiter was enjoyable to visit with, and the food was outstanding.   We started off with their blue corn chips and salsa. Before we got filled up on chips our pizza arrived, and between the three of us, we ate…

Sommers Bay Cabins

We pulled into St. Regis and decided it was time to eat dinner, so we went into BLANK and I had teriyaki chicken dinner. I’d had it the last time we were passing through, so I knew I didn’t even need to open my menu. It was delicious and so was the baked potatoe soup,…

Historic Hotel Lincoln

When we travel we don’t always book our motel room before our trip, simply because we never know when we are going to get where we are going. We do pretty good about getting in the rig and heading on down the highway, but from time to time we ignore the time and spend time…

M&M World Las Vegas

M&M’s World Las Vegas Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamour. People from all over the world come to Las Vegas everyday just to experience a portion of what the city has to offer.   Now I love Las Vegas just as much as the next person, maybe even a bit more, it…