We left the clouds on the West side of the mountains and enjoyed a beautiful sunny drive through the rugged Columbia Gorge to the dry plains of Eastern Oregon and Washington. Impressed with a landscape she had never seen before, Rebecca snapped dozens of photos from the car windows taking turns on both sides by climbing into the back seat behind the driver.
I was shocked by the thousands of wind turbines along the tops of ridges and along the slopes rising up from the river. My frequent exclamations soon led to ribbing from my traveling companion. Unfortunately, we don't have a photo that does the size and number justice.
At Umatilla we turned North crossing the Columbia twice. After passing through the Tri-Cities the open range stretched treeless for miles in all directions interrupted occasionally by a wheat field or barn.
Upon our arrival in Spokane, we checked into our hotel and then made our way to Riverside Park the site of the Expo 74 World's Fair. I located the spot where I worked at the Kodak Pavilion during the Fair, we took photos of the distinctive mesh of the US Pavilion, and peaked in at the charming carousel. We could hear the roar of the Spokane River rushing over the falls long before we reached the footbridge. After dinner, we drove the tree lined streets of Browns Addition. On the way back to our hotel, we made a side trip out to the South Hill to see a glowing horizon beyond the trees and houses lining the edge of a steep cliff.
Tomorrow on to Helena.