I made a reservation on Saturday night in Twin Falls, ID — it’s the only reservation I made for the trip, so a halfway stop somewhere close to the Oregon/Idaho border seemed good for Day 2. Hilgard Junction State Park was right off 84 next to a small river and looked decent, so we tried it.
It’s small — only 17 spots, and they’re short, so we weren’t sure if we’d fit, but we unhooked the truck and parked it at an angle and it was fine.
The park host, Kent and his dog, Sixty, stopped by to say hello when we got there. Awesome sign out in front of his Fifth Wheel:
For $9 a night, this is a great spot if you’re ok without hook ups. If it’s chilly, Kent sells an enormous cart of wood for $4.
It’s close to the road, but sits in a valley so you don’t hear any of the noise. Plus, the spots are decently far apart,
well kept and you back up onto a small creek, which Lucy didn’t like.
The nearest town to the park is La Grande (9 miles away). We took a tour and saw a few good things: an ale house, ice cream shop, and my favorite, the laundromat.
We also passed by the Perry Arch Bridge — one of only two arch bridges left in Oregon. It’s one lane, and no one was coming, so we decided to go across. Only to find out the road isn’t used any more since I-84 went in. Bummer.