Is there really a place called Halfway? I’ve been putting together my photo postings for the Sunday Travel Nurse Inspiration in Photos and came across my pictures from a Road-trip that I took back in 2009. I was getting ready to leave the country for 2 years to work in Germany for the DOD.
I took off on a month-long road trip to visit friends across the nation that I had met during my travel nursing career. The road-trip was an inspiration in itself, but going back through the photographs trying to choose inspirational ones for you was a wonderful walk back through time for me. The following was posted to my personal blog during this trip. It was such a memorable moment for me as a Travel Nurse that I wanted to share it.
The town is located “halfway” between the communities of Pine and Cornucopia. As the Halfway area became more populated with an influx of miners at thriving Cornucopia and more ranching families, a new post office was established in 1887. The name “Midway” was requested, but postal officials said it was already in use and suggested “Halfway.” So Halfway it remains. For a short time Halfway became the nation’s first “dot.com” city and some maps still depict Halfway as “Half.com.” - http://www.hellscanyonchamber.com/halfway.html
What an interesting history. This is where I am sitting tonight as I write this. Halfway, OR is a small town on the way into Hells Canyon. Total population is 337 in 2008 according to the official website. It was a dark drive in on Hwy 86 so I can’t comment on what the scenery is like on the way here from I84. I can however say that it’s a scary drive in the dark. Hairpin turns and roads that simply drop off into darkness were encountered on the drive out. The town encompasses a total of 0.4 sq miles. There are three restaurants (two of which are bars) and the entire town is closed up at 2000 excluding the two bars.
My friend, Lisa found the hotel for me online while I was driving and called to make my reservation. She was told by the owner that ‘I go to bed at ten’. Mind you, this was at 1900! I stopped for a possible final feeding for the Explorer in Baker City before venturing out to find Halfway. The gas station attendant told me that SR86 ‘….isn’t too far’ when I asked how to get there. Hmmmm…. Further instructions included; ‘it’s all black-top’ and ‘careful for deer and cattle, its open range out there’. At this point I knew that I was in for a fun drive!
I was delighted when I woke the next morning and was able to take some photos.
As you can see, there was a huge difference in my night drive arrival to my departure the following morning. I’m always surprised and amazed with this beautiful country of ours.