The Oregon Trail

Road to ranchThe road leads to the Owen Short Hills ranch, In the foothills of the Elkhorn mountains west of Baker (City) in Eastern Oregon. Most of the action in Breathing Room takes place in Baker and on the ranch.Overlooking-valley

Baker is a place of contrasts. The city is located in a green valley, tucked between two mountain ranges. The climate changes abruptly over the ridge where the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located. Look west, the landscape is green: forest, pasture and farmland. East of the Center, there’s so little rain, visitors can still see 19th century pioneers’ wagon ruts. I’m pretty sure if I had just crossed that desert and come through the pass, I’d have stayed put in Baker.