Ambling up the historic main drag in Joseph, Oregon, surrounded by the steep, snow-capped Wallowa Mountains and nursing a mean mocha from Arrowhead Chocolates, I wouldn’t have thought it odd if a passerby had greeted me in German or French.
Snuggled against those ragged, Alp-like peaks, just over a two-hour drive east of Pendleton, the town of Joseph is squarely in American rodeo territory. All of which, on my first day there, reminded me of just how much unknown beautiful country lies within a day’s drive of Seattle. This is our backyard. Outdoor lovers are discovering the 17 peaks near the mountain town.