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 …”.
A little south, the waters are down …
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.
On the outskirts of the Palouse, the rolling hills are a combination of dessert-like sage-brushes and fresh plantings of vineyards and fruit.
There’s always time to stop … this time to reflect on the great Columbia River.
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!
… 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.
The great North American West is host to all kinds of natural beauty.
The Klamath Falls area has a geothermal heat source which is used by the city … and is next to the Mountain Lakes Wilderness Area.
My driver again tucks into some tasty stuff …
Now, we don’t always cook. Sometimes a roadside dive calls out …
… it’s a blessed life indeed!