Monday, February 29, 2016

Pickup at the Imnaha P.O.

"Pickup at the Imnaha P.O." is my newest miniature. This little colored pencil piece measures 3" x 2-5/8". (There's a "ghost penny" in the corner for scale). I'll be entering it in the upcoming miniatures show at the Parklane Gallery in May. This is a real, operating post office located in Inmaha, Oregon. With a population of about 14, they don't need a very big P.O! With the threat of many rural post offices being closed due to cost-cutting measures, the Imnaha P.O. has fortunately been spared, and a piece of "small town America" has been preserved.

My husband, Keith and I discovered this tiny town when we were on vacation last October in Joseph,Oregon. We spent a day exploring, driving eastward towards the Idaho border, just to see what we could see. Imnaha is at the end of the paved road, so we ventured further on up Hat Point Road...a scary, one-lane dirt road. What felt like mere inches from the edge of a steep drop-off, I tried hard not to look down!! 

At an elevation 8,000 feet, we had spectacular views of the valleys below and learned a bit of the history of the native peoples in this area, the Nez Perce Indians. About an hour later and safely back down at Imnaha, I took a parting shot of one of the only other establishments in town, the Imnaha Store and Tavern which has been around since 1904. So...with a store, a tavern, a post office, a beautiful Fall day (and a sense of adventure), what more do you need?