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Washington Part II: Spokane

While we were in the area, Mike had wanted to get the Monaco’s engine serviced at Cummins Northwest in Spokane. It was time for a seventeen-point check, he wanted to have the chassis lubed, the transmission fluid needed to be flushed and replaced, and we had a leaky gasket somewhere. This particular Cummins shop had electric and water hookups for the coach clients, so it would be convenient to park in their lot while we waited for our service.

We pulled out of the Blackwell Island RV Resort in Coeur d’Alene around 11AM on Thursday September 15th and made the 45 minute drive on I-90 west to the Cummins location. We found an available spot on the end and Mike plugged us in. We were set up in no time. He checked in with the service desk and was told to be ready to hand over the coach at 7AM on Friday morning. The work was only expected to take part of one day, but we asked if it was okay if we stayed in their lot through the weekend. The shop was closed on Saturday and Sunday, so we didn’t feel like we would be in the way.

The reason we wanted to stay for a couple of extra days is because my Aunt Sharon had made plans to drive up to Spokane from the Portland area for the weekend. She was going to stay with her son John and crew, and we wanted to spend family time together while we had the chance. Staying at Cummins gave us the opportunity to stay in the area without paying a campground fee! That was good for our annual “rental average” since Blackwell Island was pretty expensive.

Everything went fine in the shop. They took our rig into the Coach Care Bay first thing in the morning as promised. Mike and I went to have a big breakfast at a place called Chaps Coffee Co., and then drove to downtown so we could explore the heart of the city while we walked the dogs. Once we were all tired, we drove back to Cummins and waited in their customer lounge until the maintenance was complete. We got the rig back around 3PM and moved it to another good spot on the opposite end of their lot. We hooked up and got situated again, then left and went to my cousin’s for a DELICIOUS brisket dinner.

Saturday afternoon was dedicated to watching football and grazing on more food back at John and Katie’s house. We returned to the Monaco in the evening and as we were preparing to go to bed, Mike noticed the fridge was not working. One good thing about the full-time RV community is the enormous online network available for trouble-shooting problems and issues related to big rigs. Before Mike was half-way through his first cup of Sunday morning coffee, he was online with someone at www.norcoldguy.com – diagnosing the fridge problem. It turned out to be a control panel that had gone bad. As Mike continued to investigate repair options, he decided he could replace the panel himself. We just needed to order one. If we got in the car and drove to a warehouse to buy the panel locally, it would have been $400. If he ordered it online and waited for a 2-day shipping delivery, it would only be $200. Go figure. We decided we could easily save $200 and wait around for the part to come in the shipment. He marched back into the Cummins service office and asked it we could stay a couple of extra days while we waited for the part to arrive. They said no problem and we really appreciated that!

As it turns out, we were at Cummins in Spokane for a full week. My aunt drove back to Portland on Monday, and we spent our remaining days exploring the “Lilac City”. The downtown area had lots going on. The dogs got good walks along trails in the community each day. We ate at a couple of other DDD restaurants around town, and spent one afternoon throwing away our money at the Northernquest Casino. (After a couple of cocktails Mike and I split up like we usually do in a casino, I go to the Pai Gow Poker Table and he shoots craps. When one of us runs out of money or nerve, we go find the other person and call it quits). By the time we left town our engine was running smoothly and our refrigerator was working just like new. We felt like we had won some sort of prize since we hadn’t paid rent for a full week! Of course, our costs associated with the engine maintenance and fridge repairs off-set the savings… but we didn’t dwell on that. We just looked at the bright side!

Cummins Northwest had seven spots with water and electric hook-ups in their parking lot. We felt lucky to get an end spot on the Thursday we arrived. The extra space allowed us to extend our slides and have a comfortable evening while we waited for our 7AM appointment on Friday.

Cummins Northwest had seven spots in their parking lot with water and electric hook-ups. We felt lucky to get an end spot on the Thursday we arrived. The extra space allowed us to extend our slides and have a comfortable evening while we waited for our 7AM appointment on Friday.

After we handed off the Monaco to the technicians we enjoyed breakfast at one of the DDD spots in Spokane. We even took a bag of day-old scones home with us from Chaps Coffee Company.

After we handed off the Monaco to the technicians we enjoyed breakfast at one of the DDD spots in Spokane. We even took a bag of day-old scones home with us from Chaps Coffee Company.

One of the bridges over Spokane Falls in downtown Spokane.

One of the bridges over Spokane Falls in downtown Spokane.

The leaves were just beginning to change.

The leaves were just beginning to change.

Gonzaga University.

Gonzaga University.

We saw a chairlift in downtown Park City, Utah, but this is the first downtown I've encountered with its own gondola system.

We saw a chairlift in downtown Park City, Utah, but this is the first downtown I’ve encountered with its own gondola system.

Spokane has dozens of festivals throughout the year. We were in town during the Lantern Festival at Riverfront Park.

Spokane has dozens of festivals throughout the year. We were in town during the Lantern Festival at Riverfront Park.

17-Point Check.

17-Point Check.

A rainbow at my cousin John's house while my aunt Sharon was visiting. We were eating brisket, playing games and watching football next to the warm wood burning stove when we looked outside and saw this! It was a good day.

A rainbow at my cousin John’s house while my aunt Sharon was visiting. We were eating brisket, playing games and watching football next to the warm wood burning stove when we looked outside and saw this! It was a good day.

Our home for the week. We were fortunate to snag the other end- spot next to the green grass and with a view. If we only looked out the passenger side windows, we could barely tell we were in a parking lot!

Our home for the week. We were fortunate to snag the other end- spot next to the green grass and with a view. If we only looked out the passenger side windows, we could barely tell we were in a parking lot!

Part of the Centennial Trail in Spokane.

Part of the Centennial Trail in Spokane.

Our captain is also head of maintenance.

Our captain is also head of maintenance.

A view from another one of our dog walks on the Spokane River Centennial Trail.

A view from another one of our dog walks on the Spokane River Centennial Trail.

The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River. It is 111 miles long draining the north end of Lake Coeur d'Alene and emptying into the Columbia River.

The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River. It is 111 miles long draining the north end of Lake Coeur d’Alene and emptying into the Columbia River.

We spent an afternoon/evening at Northquest Casino in Spokane. The screen at their sports bar was ginormous. It was the only place in the casino that was non-smoking, so we made the spot our home base during our visit that day.

We spent an afternoon/evening at Northernquest Casino in Spokane. The screen at their sports bar was ginormous. It was the only place in the casino that was non-smoking, so we made the spot our home base during our visit that day.

Our evening view courtesy of Cummins.

Our evening view courtesy of Cummins.

 

 

 

Idaho Part V: Coeur d’Alene

We were still technically in our “month of Washington”  when we moved from Potlatch to Coeur d’Alene. (That is the great thing about the rules about The Martin’s American Adventure… there aren’t any, so we can’t break any)! Our objective was to get up in the Spokane area so we could be close enough to visit my cousin and his family. They live in Rockford, WA, which is south of Spokane and less than ten miles from the Idaho border. We researched the RV Parks in Spokane, but nothing looked very interesting and our options were 35 – 45 minutes from John’s house. Mike found a place called Blackwell Island RV Park right on Lake Coeur d’Alene, and it was still about 35 minutes from my family. We opted for water, views and proximity to a quaint downtown over being in Spokane proper. Our objective wasn’t going to be compromised, so might as well pick a spot with the most pleasant environment.

When we were in Potlatch we were surprised to find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a full-scale asphalt paving project of the campground where we were staying. When we arrived, the pads at each site were concrete, but the actual road through the park was gravel. There was some construction equipment on site, but the work never really got into full swing until the day before we were scheduled to pull out. Our last full day in Potlatch started with the sound of tractors and MACK trucks circling around us at daybreak. The workers started spraying down the gravel surface with a water truck and we figured it was going to be a long and noisy day. It was. At one point, the camp host came over and said she would refund our money if we wanted to leave. However, it was late in the day. I don’t think we could have gotten around all of the construction equipment to pull out, and we had no reservations until the next morning, so we thanked her and told her we would stay through the end of our reservation (I should have asked her for a discount… but we were only paying $25/night anyway so I didn’t want to push it).

The next morning we hustled with all of our travel prep chores and got out of there by 9:00. We were ahead of the construction crew, so we guessed they waited for us to leave before they got back at it. Our drive to Blackwell Island was about 70 miles straight north on Highway 95. We hit a couple of patches of road construction, but the drive was fairly easy in spite of that. After we got parked and settled, I started researching things to do in the area, and became very excited about all the fun activities in store for our two -week visit.

Lake Coeur d’Alene was beautiful. The town of Coeur d’Alene was precious. The hiking and biking in the area was amazing. The views were stunning in every direction. We had a couple of family dinners at my cousin’s house, and they came over for meatball subs one evening. We took several daytrips to Montana, Sandpoint, into downtown Spokane and over to Harrison, Idaho. When we weren’t doing any of those things, we were hanging out in downtown Cd’A. It was a wonderful stop. At one point Mike even stated that he thinks Idaho is his favorite State on our Tour (prior to that is has been Florida).

Our drive from Potlatch to Coeur d'Alene was a straight shot north on Highway 95. It widened from two lane to four lanes as we got closer to the lake.

Our drive from Potlatch to Coeur d’Alene was a straight shot north on Highway 95. It widened from two lane to four lanes as we got closer to the lake.

The north end of Lake Coeur d'Alene drains into the Spokane River. Our campground was located where those two bodies of water merged. We even had our own little beach to enjoy.

The north end of Lake Coeur d’Alene drains into the Spokane River. Our campground was located where those two bodies of water merged. We even had our own little beach to enjoy.

This campground was one of the most expensive we have stayed in, and the spots weren't incredibly awesome, but the overall location made it worth the money.

This campground was one of the most expensive we have stayed in, and the spots weren’t incredibly awesome, but the overall location made it worth the money.

Mike went scouting for dove hunting locations one day. He didn't come up with any options, but he did get to see this view while he was exploring.

Mike went scouting for dove hunting locations one day. He didn’t come up with any options, but he did get to see this view while he was exploring.

We walked the dogs to the marina each day and this was the view from our regular turn-around point.

We walked the dogs to the marina each day and this was the view from our regular turn-around point.

Riverfront park is a 100-acre park along the Spokane River in downtown Spokane. It is a beautiful venue and the city takes advantage of this amenity by hosting special events and festivals constantly.

Riverfront park is a 100-acre park along the Spokane River in downtown Spokane. It is a beautiful venue and the city takes advantage of this amenity by hosting special events and festivals constantly.

We went to a big annual event in Spokane's Riverfront Park called Pig Out In The Park. Food, Beer, Music. Countless food tents and three stages of music going all the time. We drove over from our campground on a Friday evening to have dinner. I had an indian curry plate. Mike had a buffalo burger and an elk sausage. We were too stuffed to stop anywhere else, but this spit of beef still made my mouth water. All vegetarians look away.

We went to a big annual event in Spokane’s Riverfront Park called Pig Out In The Park. Food, Beer, Music. Countless food tents and three stages of music going all the time. We drove over from our campground on a Friday evening to have dinner. I had an indian curry plate. Mike had a buffalo burger and an elk sausage. We were too stuffed to stop anywhere else, but this spit of beef still made my mouth water. All vegetarians look away.

The best farmer's market in the area was the Saturday morning market in Hayden (on the north side of Coeur d'Alene). They had food vendors, arts, crafts, produce, baked goods, dairy products, plants and flowers, natural meats, and any other "goodie" you can imagine.

The best farmer’s market in the area was the Saturday morning market in Hayden (on the north side of Coeur d’Alene). They had food vendors, arts, crafts, produce, baked goods, dairy products, plants and flowers, natural meats, and any other “goodie” you can imagine.

Aebleskivers with cheese sauce. Like round pancakes speckled with small bits of ham, then covered in cheese. I never eat breakfast before I visit a farmer's market... that way I can sample things like these when I get there!

Aebleskivers with cheese sauce. Like round pancakes speckled with small bits of ham, then covered in cheese. I never eat breakfast before I visit a farmer’s market… that way I can sample things like these when I get there!

We made another DDD stop on The Lower 48 in 48 Tour. This time it was Capone's in Cd'A.

We made another DDD stop on The Lower 48 in 48 Tour. This time it was Capone’s in Cd’A.

As we get closer to finishing our trip we are thinking more frequently of selling the Monaco. Mike keeps us looking good at all times. It usually rains after he finishes, and then he starts all over again.

As we get closer to finishing our trip we are thinking more frequently of selling the Monaco. Mike keeps us looking good at all times. It usually rains after he finishes, and then he starts all over again.

The local beach near downtown Cd'A.

The local beach near downtown Cd’A.

The sea plane stayed busy with tours every day the weather was nice.

The sea plane stayed busy with tours every day the weather was nice.

Cessna always reminds me of the important things in life: Stop everything and role in the grass if it looks lush and the spirit moves you; and always take time to stop and enjoy the flowers.

Cessna always reminds me of the important things in life: Stop everything and role in the grass if it looks lush and the spirit moves you; and always take time to stop and enjoy the flowers.

Downtown Coeur d'Alene is bustling with restaurants, shops, art galleries and bars. The streets are lined with trees and light poles are flanked by baskets bursting with blooms of flowers. It was the perfect place to stroll around while window shopping and people watching.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene is bustling with restaurants, shops, art galleries and bars. The streets are lined with trees and light poles are flanked by baskets bursting with blooms of flowers. It was the perfect place to stroll around while window shopping and people watching.

City Park was the optimum location to enjoy a Sunday walk during pristine weather conditions.

City Park was the optimum location to enjoy a Sunday walk during pristine weather conditions.

Some of my bounty from the farmer's market. The flower bouquet was only $5 and the fruit was all so sweet and juicy that it tasted like candy!

Some of my bounty from the farmer’s market. The flower bouquet was only $5 and the fruit was all so sweet and juicy that it tasted like candy!

The reason we wanted to spend time in Spokane (Coeur d'Alene) was so we could visit with my cousin John, his wife Katie and their two smart, fun, polite, responsible, all-around amazing kiddos (and Maggie the dog). My mom and John's mom were sisters.

The reason we wanted to spend time in Spokane (Coeur d’Alene) was so we could visit with my cousin John, his wife Katie and their two smart, fun, polite, responsible, all-around amazing kiddos (and Maggie the dog). My mom  was John’s mom’s (my aunt Sharon’s) sister.

These steps made me want to follow them into the water.

These steps made me want to follow them into the water.

Another sea plane shot.

Another sea plane shot.

The Hagadone Family owns Coeur d'Alene. Duane Hagadone was presented the Horatia Alger Award as a distinguished American. The fortune comes from interests in publishing, real estate development, hotels/resorts, casinos, restaurants, marinas, retail. Anything with red geraniums planted in the landscape was a Hagadone venture (and Cd'A is COVERED in beds of perfect red geraniums). The house on the lake is 26,000 square feet with nine bathrooms and two bedrooms. They have another estate in Palm Desert, CA that spans 64,000 square feet. SIXTY-FOUR thousand. They also own a 164-ft yacht named the Lady Lola. It is equipped with a golf course and speed boats to retrieve the balls.

The Hagadone Family owns Coeur d’Alene. Duane Hagadone was presented the Horatio Alger Award as a distinguished American. The fortune comes from interests in publishing, real estate development, hotels/resorts, casinos, restaurants, marinas, retail. Anything with red geraniums planted in the landscape was a Hagadone venture (and Cd’A is COVERED in beds of perfect red geraniums). The house on the lake is 26,000 square feet with nine bathrooms and two bedrooms. They have another estate in Palm Desert, CA that spans 64,000 square feet. SIXTY-FOUR thousand. They also own a 164-ft yacht named the Lady Lola. It is equipped with a golf course and speed boats to retrieve the balls.

The Hagadone's also own the scenic boat cruises on Lake Coeur d'Alene, so I was happy to contribute my part to their maga-wealth.

The Hagadone’s also own the scenic boat cruises on Lake Coeur d’Alene, so I was happy to contribute my part to their maga-wealth.

The Coeur d'Alene Resort.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Mudgy and Millie is an illustrated children's book about a moose and a mouse playing hide and seek in Coeur d'Alene. Bronze sculptures are set at different points of the town where highlights of the game between the two characters takes place.

Mudgy and Millie is an illustrated children’s book about a moose and a mouse playing hide and seek in Coeur d’Alene. Bronze sculptures are set at different points of the town where highlights of the game between the two characters takes place.

My cousin-in-law, Katie, suggested we might like to drive our bikes about an hour east to Montana and ride them on the Route of the Hiawatha. Of course we heeded her advice! When we got to the trailhead, Mike discovered he had a flat tire. We were so bummed, but we needn't worry. The Trail had bike marshalls along the way, and a service tent at the beginning. The nice ladies in charge hooked us up with a new tube and tire, and we were on our way! What a relief. We were so appreciative of that service!

My cousin-in-law, Katie, suggested we might like to drive our bikes about an hour east to Montana and ride them on the Route of the Hiawatha. Of course we heeded her advice! When we got to the trailhead, Mike discovered he had a flat tire. We were so bummed, but we needn’t worry. The Trail had bike marshalls along the way, and a service tent at the beginning. The nice ladies in charge hooked us up with a new tube and tire, and we were on our way! What a relief. We were so appreciative of that service!

The Route of the Hiawatha bike trail started with a 1.7-mile long dark, wet, cold tunnel. All bicyclists must have a helmet and a light to ride on the trail. You can see some riders emerging from the black just after we made it back to daylight.

The Route of the Hiawatha bike trail started with a 1.7-mile long dark, wet, cold tunnel. All bicyclists must have a helmet and a light to ride on the trail. You can see some riders emerging from the black just after we made it back to daylight.

This waterfall was at the end of the first tunnel too.

This waterfall was at the end of the first tunnel too. I heard it before I found it, and I knew it was going to be a spectacular ride!

The views were amazing, of course. Nothing but undisturbed forest land for as long as the eye could see.

The views were amazing, of course. Nothing but undisturbed forest land for as far as the eye could see.

Hiawatha selfie.

Hiawatha selfie.

The weather was a little grey on the day did the bike ride, so the photos weren't as pristine as I hoped they would be. A blue sky would have set off the green of the trees much more vibrantly.

The weather was a little grey on the day we did the bike ride, so the photos weren’t as pristine as I hoped they would be. A blue sky would have set off the green of the trees much more vibrantly.

We made our way across several of these bridges as the trail descended.

We made our way across several of these bridges as the trail descended.

One last photo of the train track turned bike trail.

One last photo of the train track turned bike trail.

This school bus had half of the seats in the back removed to accommodate bike storage. We caught the shuttle back up the hill to our car when our ride was complete.

This school bus had half of the seats in the back removed to accommodate bike storage. We caught the shuttle back up the hill to our car when our ride was complete.

The Coeur d'Alene Resort and Marina from Tubbs Hill.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort and Marina from Tubbs Hill.

Tubbs Hill selfie.

Tubbs Hill selfie.

If you are a guest at the resort and want to play golf, a staff member will escort you to the golf course in this beautiful wooden boat.

If you are a guest at the resort and want to play golf, a staff member will escort you to the golf course in this beautiful wooden boat.

We had happy hour with Jerry Garcia one afternoon.

We had happy hour with Jerry Garcia one afternoon.

The Farmer's Market in Hayden had a live band in full swing. During the short time I spent gathering fruit, flowers, and other goodies they played Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett. I could have stayed and listened all morning!

The Farmer’s Market in Hayden had a live band in full swing. During the short time I spent gathering fruit, flowers, and other goodies they played Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett. I could have stayed and listened all morning!

Lake Coeur d'Alene from I-90.

Lake Coeur d’Alene from I-90.

Another lake view from I-90.

Another lake view from I-90.

We took another daytrip from our camp and drove our bikes over to Harrison so we could ride on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.

We took another daytrip from our camp and drove our bikes over to Harrison so we could ride on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

I had hoped for 20 miles, but we turned around at the one- hour mark and only made 18.

I had hoped for 20 miles, but we turned around at the one- hour mark and only made 18.

Bloody Mary's and beer in Harrison after our gorgeous bike ride.

Bloody Mary’s and beer in Harrison after our gorgeous bike ride.

Lake Pend Oreille from City Beach in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Lake Pend Oreille from City Beach in Sandpoint, Idaho.

The most important command those dogs know is "wait".

The most important command those dogs know is “wait”.

This crazy mural in downtown Sandpoint featured UFO's, Big Foot and lake monsters.

This crazy mural in downtown Sandpoint featured UFO’s, Big Foot and lake monsters.

My cousin family was coming to dinner at our house and snapped a picture of this moose with her two babies in the water near our campground.

My cousin family was coming to dinner at our house and snapped a picture of this moose with her two babies in the water near our campground.

Mike went looking for the moose and tracked her down a trail until they were about 10-feet apart. Its hard to see, but her butt is in the foreground and her ears are at about "1:00" in the photo. Since she had two calves with her, he suspected it was time to back off and leave the cow alone.

Mike went looking for the moose and tracked her down a trail until they were about 10-feet apart. Its hard to see, but her butt is in the foreground and her ears are at about “1:00” in the photo. Since she had two calves with her, he suspected it was time to back off and leave the cow alone.

A little convention of antique car owners were gathered at our RV Park during the second half of our stay.

A little convention of antique car owners were gathered at our RV Park during the second half of our stay.

Boats and yachts were starting to come out of the water at the marina near our campground in preparation for the winter weather. The bigger vessels needed MAC trucks to get the job done.

Boats and yachts were starting to come out of the water at the marina near our campground in preparation for the winter weather. The bigger vessels needed MACK trucks to get the job done.

The Hagadone boat happened to be at the marina on our last morning. It was custom built by a company in Coeur d'Alene, and the mast was 100-feet tall.

The Hagadone boat happened to be at the marina on our last morning. It was custom built by a company in Coeur d’Alene, and the mast was 100-feet tall.

Idaho Part IV: Potlatch

We thought we left Idaho when we moved from Boise to Walla Walla but we were wrong. This Lower 48 in 48 Tour takes on a life of its own at times, and we have always just followed its lead. A short- term goal after leaving Walla Walla was to eventually get to Spokane. We had two reasons for getting to the northeastern corner of The Evergreen State. One of my first cousins lives with his wife and two kiddos on a 50-acre spread just south of Spokane. Of course, we wanted to spend time with them. Mike also wanted to take the Monaco into the Cummins Northwest facility in Spokane for some routine maintenance on the engine. The chassis needed to be lubed (because the screwballs at Lazy Days in Tucson couldn’t get to that task- even after they had the rig for 16 days), the transmission fluid needed to be replaced, he wanted to have a 17-point inspection done, and there was a leaky gasket that needed attention somewhere. When Mike called Cummins to get us an appointment, they said they could schedule us on September 15th. We had three weeks between our departure date at Walla Walla and our gig with the mechanics.

We looked at the map and determined there were two routes we could take to get from Walla Walla to Spokane. A longer-term goal was to make our way to Portland after Spokane, so we took that factor into consideration when analyzing a course. The most efficient route from Spokane to Portland is to take I-90 west until Hwy 395, and south through the Tri-Cities, then to I-84 west. Since our captain doesn’t like to backtrack, it was obvious we would be taking the “rural route” up to Spokane driving north and east on Hwy 12 over to Hwy 95 in Idaho for a straight drive north the rest of the distance. We had three weeks to kill so we figured we would find a place around the half-way mark and stop for a week. The best priced campground – with the highest reviews – about half way between Walla Walla and Spokane – along the Washington-Idaho Border is a city-owned RV Park in Potlatch. Mike couldn’t pass up the $25/day rate. And that is how we landed back in Idaho on The Martin’s American Adventure. Simple as that.

Potlatch, ID was a tiny lumber mill town of 791 people. Until the 1950’s, all the land and buildings within the town were owned by the Potlatch Lumber Company – which operated from 1905 to 1981. The mill is gone now, but the community is in tact. It was a nice quiet location in a charming rural setting. We made a couple of daytrips during our stay. One day we drove over to see Washington State University in Pullman. Another day we drove down to see Lewiston and Clarkston which straddle the Washington/Idaho state line that runs down the middle of the Snake River. When we weren’t road tripping, we just did normal life stuff like walking the dogs, cooking dinner, doing chores, working on the blog, and enjoying the reasonable nightly rate.

This is what most of our drive from Walla Walla to Potlatch looked like. They call this part of Washington State "The Palouse". The curvy roads had me a little kooky, but the traffic was light and I was grateful for that.

This is what most of our drive from Walla Walla to Potlatch looked like. They call this part of Washington State “The Palouse”. The curvy roads had me a little kooky, but the traffic was light and I was grateful for that.

I am guessing this is our last crossing of the Snake River on The Lower 48 in 48 Tour (heading north on WA Highway 127, between Dodge and Dusty).

I am guessing this is The Monaco’s last crossing of the Snake River on The Lower 48 in 48 Tour (heading north on WA Highway 127, between Dodge and Dusty).

Our Site at Potlatch Scenic 6 Park.

Our Site at Potlatch Scenic 6 Park.

The view from our front door.

The view from our front door.

A steam train was used at the Lumber Mill and now it is on display in the community park.

A steam train was used at the Lumber Mill and now it is on display in the community park.

Each tree in the park (and there were hundreds) was dedicated to a person or family. A granite plaque at the base of each trunk signified the memorials. I would have liked to have known Steve Jones.

Each tree in the park (and there were hundreds) was dedicated to a person or family. A granite plaque at the base of each trunk signified the memorials. I would have liked to have known Steve Jones.

This tree in the park was bursting with fruit. I was wondering what kind. My guess was crab apples? Plums? One morning I was walking the dog and a lady was picking up all the fruit that had dropped on the ground and putting it into a big canvas bag. I was excited to learn what kind of fruit it was, so I asked her to confirm my guess. She said she had no idea, she was just going to go home and make some jelly with it. Well, okay then.

This tree in the park was bursting with fruit. I was wondering what kind. My guess was crab apples? Plums? One morning I was walking the dog and a lady was picking up all the fruit that had dropped on the ground and putting it into a big canvas bag. I was excited to learn what kind of fruit it was, so I asked her to confirm my guess. She said she had no idea, she was just going to go home and make some jelly with it. Well, okay then.

The Palouse River. Mike caught some squaw fish.

The Palouse River. Mike caught some Squaw Fish, also known as Pikeminnow.

This is the Methodist Church we attended while on this stop.

This is the Methodist Church we attended while on this stop.

The depot in Potlatch was strategically situated. One side of the structure serviced the lumber mill activities. The other side of the building was for passenger travel.

The depot in Potlatch was strategically situated. One side of the structure serviced the lumber mill activities. The other side of the building was for passenger travel.

I posted a real picture of this glorious sunset on the Sunset Page of this blog, but this is what I got to enjoy through my kitchen window while cooking dinner. Amazing!

I posted a real picture of this glorious sunset on the Sunset Page of this blog, but this is what I got to enjoy through my kitchen window while cooking dinner one evening. Amazing!

The Methodists were celebrating with a service outside and a potluck lunch at the conclusion of church. The weather was wonderful and it made for a special Sunday morning. Although the members of the congregation vigorously invited us to join them for lunch, we declined. It is a bit overwhelming to be amongst a crowd when everyone else knows one another. In a church environment everyone is so friendly we end up answering a multitude of questions, so after a while it is time to go.

The Methodists were celebrating with a service outside and a potluck lunch at the conclusion of church. The weather was wonderful and it made for a special Sunday morning. Although the members of the congregation vigorously invited us to join them for lunch, we declined. It is a bit overwhelming to be amongst a crowd when everyone else knows one another. In a church environment everyone is so friendly we end up answering a multitude of questions, so after a while it is time to go.

On of the gentlemen at church recommended a local lunch spot about nine miles down the road (or three towns over). Mike ordered the special 1-lb burger. I think they had to bake the bun themselves! We took about 2/3 of it back to the house with us.

One of the gentlemen at church recommended a local lunch spot about nine miles down the road (or three towns over). Mike ordered the special 1-lb burger. I think they had to bake the bun themselves! We took about 2/3 of it back to the house with us.

A fun mural on a public plaza in downtown Pullman.

A fun mural on a public plaza in downtown Pullman.

The WSU campus has lots of neat art placed at various locations across the campus.

The WSU campus has lots of neat art placed at various locations across the campus.

The WSU Stadium.

The WSU Stadium.

WSU has its own dairy. They sell ice cream and cheese. I had a coffee toffee ice cream cone and brought some Cougar Gold back to the house with us.

WSU has its own dairy. They sell ice cream and cheese. I had a coffee toffee ice cream cone and brought some Cougar Gold back to the house with us.

We drove over to Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, WA to look around. Lewiston had a nice walking trail along the Snake River where it intersects with the Clearwater River (which is brown).

We drove over to Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, WA to look around. Lewiston had a nice walking trail along the Snake River where it intersects with the Clearwater River (which is brown).

My favorite thing in Lewiston was this awesome wave sculpture made of real-life metal canoes.

My favorite thing in Lewiston was this awesome wave sculpture made of real-life metal canoes.

lunch selfie

lunch selfie

Snake River panorama.

Snake River panorama.