It's hard to beat the combination of an excursion train and a fish story--it's an authentic Oregon experience waiting to happen! Here's something just in about the Eagle Cap Excursion Train that rides the rails in Northeastern Oregon:
EAGLE CAP EXCURSION TRAIN HAS FISH STORIES
Elgin, Oregon__Steelhead & Chinook salmon are the topic for passengers who ride the scenic train Saturday, July 30, 2011. Our guest presenter for the trip is Ron Harrod, manager of the ODFW hatcheries at Big Canyon and Enterprise. An avid outdoorsman, Ron will speak about the Steelhead and Chinook Salmon Recovery Programs on the two rivers.
The train leaves Elgin, Oregon, at 10 a.m. for a relaxing 3.5 hour ride along roadless sections of the beautiful Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers. Ron will give a short talk and Q & A, then be open for conversation and fish stories the rest of the trip.
A delicious lunch is included and served on the train. Ticket prices are Adults, $75; Seniors, $65; Youth, $35. Reservations are strongly encouraged to ensure a seat and can be made by calling Alegre Travel, 800.323.7330 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask about group rates for pre-formed groups of twenty or more.
Go to www.eaglecaptrain.com for more information and a full 2011 season schedule.
And when you're done with the train, consider spending a night or two in nearby Wallowa County where you'll find the three most easternly located members of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild!
1910 Historic Enterprise House in Enterprise is closer to Elgin and offers convenient walking access to Terminal Gravity Microbrewery (a good place to spin more fish stories).
Belle Pepper's Bed & Breakfast and Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph both offer convenient walking access to Mutiny Brewing Company (another fine place to spin more fish stories) and other local restaurants.
And if you need to try a little fishing of your own, there's not much better than the rivers of Wallowa County or a little shore or boat fishing at Wallowa Lake. The world-record kokanee came from Wallowa Lake this year--maybe the next record could be yours! See ya on the train!