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US 12 to I-5. Naches R. Tieton R. White Pass.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - Auburn OR

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Going up US 12 along Naches River

We continued on US 12 today - this time from Yakima WA west to meet up with I-5. As with the route from Missoula MT west, US 12 in this area first traveled up the Naches River, then up the Tieton River, to White Pass over the Cascade Mountains. This gave us lots more miles of traveling river canyons, with the picturesque scenes along the way. The road twists and winds along the rivers, crossing them several times, making an interesting drive. White Pass is at 4,500 feet above sea level, which is a roughly 3,500 foot climb out of Yakima, so it is one of the higher Cascade Mtn passes in WA. But the climb from the east is not very steep, so it was easy going.

Yakima Canyon. Johnsons Orchards. Precision Fruit and Antiques.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 - Yakima WA

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Yakima River in Yakima Canyon.

We made a run partway up Yakima Canyon today, so I could see it again and show it  to Elaine. Yakima Canyon made quite an impression on me in my "younger" years - actually back when I was about 33. As I mentioned in yesterday's story, prior to moving to Washington State I had lived in NH, MA, and CT and in none of those places had I seen a desert river canyon or deserts, for that matter. Yakima Canyon was always a pleasure for me to drive through, and even after they built the new road up away from the canyon I still drove the Canyon. The idea of a stream cutting through all that rock intrigued me, and seeing the sweep of the river as you drive around bends in the road was always a joy.

Yakima was an eyeopener for me    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016 - Yakima WA

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The desert hills around Yakima were my first view of any desert country

I was born in NH, moved to Massachusetts then to Connecticut, then on to Everett WA. All those places have more than 30 inches of rainfall each year and are characterized by heavily forested areas. In fact, every place I had visited prior to 1973 had the same characteristics. One of the first engineering projects I did while with CH2M-Hill was a study of waste discharges from municipal and industrial facilities to the Yakima River. This required me to visit every community and plant from Hyak, high in the Cascade Mountains, to Richland, down near the Columbia River. And once I passed east over the Cascades I was amazed at the desert country I saw.

US 12 to Yakima. A goofup in parking lot.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Yakima WA

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We had breakfast at Hazel's, a very unusual place, in Clarkston

Our Saturday morning breakfast out was at Hazel's in Clarkston WA, where we were staying. I had found it using Yelp! and it had good reviews, so I thought we should try it. Elaine had eggs, ham, and toast and said it was OK. I had a WSS, pronounced "wuss", and standing for Waffle, Sausage, Scrambled. The acronym was mine, not theirs. And I liked it. The interior is fascinating and has a lot to take in, as you might guess from the photo at left. Each table is in an enclosure, and each has a distinctive theme.

A dream cruise    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 - Clarkston WA

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We were shocked to see this large cruise boat sail by our front window this morning - the American Pride

Fantasize about an eight-day river cruise on the Lower Columbia and Snake Rivers! The opportunity to do that fantasizing came upon us today when we saw a large cruise ship pass by our front window and we did some looking into what this was all about. The American  Pride, an overnight riverboat of American Cruise Lines, plies the Columbia and Snake Rivers from Portland OR to Clarkston WA. This is an eight-day cruise on a paddlewheel- style boat looking like the old ones that went up and down the Mississippi River and others. In fact, American Pride started its life on the Mississippi in 2012 known as Queen of the Mississippi but in 2015 she was moved to the Columbia Snake River system and renamed. She started cruise operations here early this year (2016).

Lewiston ID history    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 - Lewiston ID

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A drawing of Lewiston in 1862

Lewiston ID has an interesting history, and we explored more of it today with a visit to the Nez Perce County Museum. This museum tells the story not only of the people who settled in this area but also of the Nez Perce Tribe that lived here before. The museum has a dozen or more exhibit areas with many narrative panels and photos to tell the stories. There are a physical items on display, but not a lot of them. The panels, documents, and photos tell the stories instead. The story starts with the Nez Perce, follows on with stories about the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, and continues with those who settled and lived here from 1861 on.