The Pacific Northwest, The Palouse

(Still catching up with my trip from Fall 2017.)

After leaving Crater Lake, Oregon, the RV train went northeast to Washington. We had received the first campground reservation cancellation while at Crater Lake. The Columbia Gorge was on fire thanks to a thoughtless teenager throwing a firecracker into it. That was our next several stops, but even I84 was closed. We crossed the Columbia River several hours east of our original plan and headed toward The Palouse. That’s been   on my list of ‘must sees’. I MUST return in the springtime, you’ll see why.

The gargoyle below was left behind at Crater Lake. He’s watching from high over the water.

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Stones of course!

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Click on the photo below to make it bigger. This rock outcropping was at Palouse Falls. It looks like a scene from The Game of Thrones to me. Some little kingdom hidden away, with soldiers scurrying around getting ready to board ships to attack while dragons fly! While the photo is bigger, there is a trail in front of those rocks that we could have walked on if we’d climbed down the cliff to it. There has also been a repair on part of the rock chimney. What looks like a big rubber band was placed around one of the columns to hold it together.

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Dry and very hot!

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Palouse Falls

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A bright spot in a countryside almost totally devoted to grains and beans.

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Was I wrong to assume we had just missed the wheat and soybean harvest?

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The Steptoe Butte rises 1000′ higher than the surrounding undulating, awe-inspiring, curvy, sexy farmland. It seems improbable that this tiny little mountain in the middle of the farms managed to stand tall when the sand blew in a few million years ago.

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