There and back again …

 

Oh, Canada ...
Oh, Canada …

Been travelin’ … from Canada to California and back. This is part of our usual routine … a little work, a little enjoying the West, “a time to gain, and a time to lose …”.

Beautiful BC and the border ...
Beautiful BC and the border …

 

... ranch lands and hills.
… ranch lands and hills.

A little south, the waters are down …

Lake Roosevelt is way low in preparation for the late spring run off.
Lake Roosevelt is way low in preparation for the late spring run off.

 

The original fort at Kettle Falls is showing it's foundations.
The original fort at Kettle Falls is showing it’s foundations.

With the advent of Grand Coulee Dam, the old fort at Kettle Falls was flooded around 1940. When the water is very low, some of the original foundations can be seen.

Continuing south, the land greens ...
Continuing south, the land greens …
... then turns brown.
… then turns brown.

On the outskirts of the Palouse, the rolling hills are a combination of dessert-like sage-brushes and fresh plantings of vineyards and fruit.

Looks like cherry season!
Looks like cherry season!

There’s always time to stop … this time to reflect on the great Columbia River.

The Columbia River Gorge.
The Columbia River Gorge.

The above view is from the Washington side … and the river looks like a massive but peaceful place. Not so, however, as the water is swift and the currents strong!

Time for my driver to burrow into a corned beef sand while enjoying the view.
Time for my driver to burrow into a corned beef sand while enjoying the view.
Further south, across the river ...
Further south, across the river …

… into Oregon. Highway 97 crosses the Columbia at Biggs Junction, then climb up to 3,000′ to the high plains filled with sagebrush, bunchgrass and a few junipers. Passing through Shaniko, we’ll head down to Mt. Shasta.

You can see the mountains here ...
You can see the mountains here …
... Mt. Adams, Rainier, Jefferson, Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, 3-Finger Jack, and more ...
… Mt. Adams, Rainier, Jefferson, Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, 3-Finger Jack, and more …
... and there's still snow up there.
… and there’s still snow up there.
But we are going to keep on travelin'
But we are going to keep on travelin’

The great North American West is host to all kinds of natural beauty.

The Upper Klamath Lake
The Upper Klamath Lake

The Klamath Falls area has a geothermal heat source which is used by the city … and is next to the Mountain Lakes Wilderness Area.

... and is close to another amazing Oregon rest stop!
… and is close to another amazing Oregon rest stop!

My driver again tucks into some tasty stuff …

... a little beef stroganoff with fresh broccoli.
… a little beef stroganoff with fresh broccoli.
Just another stunning day in the West ...
Just another stunning day in the West …

Now, we don’t always cook. Sometimes a roadside dive calls out …

... and here it is, on  hot day after blowing past Redding ...
… and here it is, on hot day after blowing past Redding …
... where the burgers are big ... hand made ... and the floats with real ice cream ...
… where the burgers are big … hand made … and the floats with real ice cream …

… it’s a blessed life indeed!

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