Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast
309 South Main Street, P.O. Box 74, Joseph, Oregon, 97846, United States
More about Joseph
Looking south over Ice Lake
Flowers and butterflies on summit of Eagle Cap
Summit block of Eagle Cap looms ahead
Travel Tips for Joseph
DON'T FORGET TO SMELL THE FLOWERS
The mountain tops are superb and the fishing great, but all over the landscape, wildflowers further enlighten the landscape. The flowers bring butterflies and bees of all sorts and color combinations. It is an amazing sight to have the opportunity to wander amongst.
WANDER THROUGH WALLOWAN MEADOWS
Long a haunt for the Nez Perce Indians, now the Wallowas are protected as the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. This is such a grand region to wander about in, whether you are fishing, hiking, climbing, riding or simply taking the dog for a walk.
Long meadows in the summer, beckon you to stay longer. In late spring, backcountry skiers have their own version of paradise.
Birds and wildlife
There's lots of wildlife around Joseph. In fact I almost hit a couble of deer while driving up Main St. last week.
I enjoy watching birds from my windows, including a flock of curious quail, but I'm not a real birder. Every December a group of those who are really into it take part in Christmas bird count, under the auspices of the Audobon Society.
Hawks and bald eagles are especially common in Wallowa County, and there are big elk herds in some places. The Natural Conservancy owns a big piece of property called the Zumwalt Prairie here (lots of raptors and elk).
There are also mountain sheep and goats, mainly re-introduced in the last 25 years from other areas. However, you probably won't see them unless you are hiking in the wilderness or maybe Hells Canyon National Recreation area.
"Little Switzerland of America"
The Joseph area -- especially Wallowa Lake -- has the nickname "Little Switzerland of America" and even people from Europe say the mountains do remind them of Switzerland.
In 1992 Switzerland set about collecting rocks from places around the world with nicknames like "Little Switzerland". In a ceremony at Wallowa Lake in June, 1992, a Swiss diplomat accepted a moraine granite boulder on his country's behalf.
It was designed to be included in a monument in Bern to international friendship, called "The Balance of Things".
It consists of five groupings of boulders from 160 locations around the world.
Someday I would like to visit that monument. Has anyone seen it?
Since that time there is a sign near the entrance to Wallowa Lake State Park that points to Switzerland and gives the mileage from that country, 5,237 miles.
Visiting in middle of sidewalk
The natives of Joseph and Wallowa County are a pretty friendly lot, and stop and catch up on the news wherever they encounter each other, whether it be the middle of the sidewalk or in Jerry's Market or (especially) in Safeway in Enterprise, where it's hard to get out without visiting with three or four people.
Sometimes on the side streets you'll come up behind a pickup or car stopped in the middle of the street with the driver talking to the guy in a vehicle facing the opposite direction. They'll usually drive on when someone drives up behind them.
If not just give a little honk, or drive on around them if you can squeak by.