Archive for October 2nd, 2010


Floating Deathstar Tennis Ball

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

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Road Trip to Orofino

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

A friend of mine has a trailer business.  He called Thursday evening and asked if I could make a trip to Orofino with a few trailers for him on Friday.  The money was right, so why not.  It’s a nice drive, 535 miles round trip, about 12 hours to make the trip including stops.

I took the little Kodak camera with me and snapped some shots along the way.  Most of these are taken while driving, so there may be a little blur, but otherwise they turned out well.  My cheapo Kodak works pretty good for this.  No, I would never dream of using the big Nikon for this while actually driving.

Map of the trip

Because much of Hwy 55 is suffering from tons of road construction, I went up Hwy 95, almost from the Oregon/Idaho border and headed North from there.  Here are a few pictures between Weiser and Tamarack. 

Along Hwy 95 before Tamarack (Kodak C180, ISO-80, f 5.5, 1/250 sec)

On Hwy 95 before Tamarack (Kodak C180, ISO-80, f 5.5, 1/320 sec)

Hwy 95 at Tamarack (Kodak C180, ISO-80, f 2.9, 1/250 sec)

 I stopped at Cottonwood and dropped one of the trailers there.  At that point, to get to Orofino, you have to either go up through Lewiston, or cross over to Hwy 12 at Kamiah.  The GPS pointed me that way.  A lot of farmland, but also a lot of real pretty mountain scenery.

Between Cottonwood and Kamiah (Kodak C180, ISO-80, f 2.9, 1/125 sec)

Between Cottonwood and Kamiah (Kodak C180, ISO-80, f 5.5, 1/200 sec)

 There’s a little town called Greencreek along the way.  This is largely farmland. 

Between Cottonwood and Kamiah (Kodak C180, ISO-80, f 5.5, 1/500 sec)

Silos at Greencreek (Kodak C180, ISO-80, f 5.5, 1/500 sec)

 Hwy 12 from Kamiah to Orofino follows the Clearwater river.  It’s about 20 miles of pure scenic delight.  Because I was in a hurry to get to Orofino before the dealer closed, I did not stop to take any pictures along the way, and it was almost too dark on the way back.  I did however get this one that came out pretty good.

Between Kamiah and Orofino (Kodak C180, ISO-80, f 2.9, 1/125 sec)

It was way too dark to get pictures along Hwy 13 from Kamiah to Grangeville.  It is a gorgeous winding drive through some very mountainous back country. 

Another thing I noticed was that the fall colors were not really out in abundance yet.  It has been warm throughout September and the colors are delayed by a few weeks.  Bummer.  Perhaps I will get another trip up there in the next couple of weeks.