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A view of the Wallowa Mts. from everywhere in town
Its a long way from a big airport from which to travel the wide world.
In a nutshell
Oregon's Hidden Paradise, a lost corner of America
In addition to art galleries, Joseph has a number of neat places to shop -- especially for gift-type items -- and one of them is Mad Mary's
It's motto is "everything fun and fattening" and one of it's offerings is a large variety of homemade fudge. (Update:Now truffles and many other kinds of desserts)
It is a large store -- which is in the process of building a new and bigger space in the middle of town -- and one of the few stores open during the winter months on Sundays.
Mad Mary's is a fun place for both visitors and locals when they are in the mood for browsing or gift shopping.
(Update: as of May, 2005, Mad Mary's moved to its new, bigger home in the heart of downtown Joseph. It now has a large old-fashioned soda fountain serving a wide range of delectible desserts and fountain items, as well as espresso, etc. Mad Mary's is a wonderful store.)
What to buy: There's a lot of Western and country-type stuff , and a whole room for games and kids stuff.
Upstairs truly impressive unique log furniture made by a local company is for sale
What to pay: A very wide range of prices, from very inexpensive to very expensive (for the furniture)
Updated Jun 25, 2005
Address: In the middle of town on Main St.
concioustraveller Says: I went here recently, admired the art and scenery, but was horrified to witness an African-American woman- a visitor, being totally jeered and taunted by locals on main street Joseph. I am not a local, I am Caucasian, and I am not on the "front lines" protesting the littlest...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Let's see: you need cowboy boots for the rodeo, visiting Imnaha and horseback riding; hiking boots for treking in Eagle Cap Wilderness; beach shoes or flip-flops while hanging out at Wallowa Lake (those rocks can be sharp); walking shoes for exploring town; and running shoes for that morning jog along the lake. Oh, if you come in the winter bring your Sorrel snow boots and skis.
Evenings cool off even on the hottest days (usually below 90 degrees F., though last year was pretty hot), so don't forget a jacket or sweater. And it has been known to snow every month except August, though the summer is usually safe).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Joseph and Wallowa Lake has few mosquitoes during the summer, but the bugs can be plentiful in the wilderness, especially late summer. So bring bug repellent for camping trips into wilderness.
Photo Equipment: P.S. Don't forget the camera. You can't walk through Joseph in the summer without seeing folks taking photos of all our great sculptures.
Updated Apr 10, 2004