June 28, 2010 0

Road Trip 2010 – Day 9

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May 23, 2010
Yakima, Washington to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 234 miles
3 hours, 5o minutes

After Seattle, our next planned destination was Yellowstone National Park. ¬†However, seeing as the park’s north entrance is 700 miles away from Yakima, we decided to trek through eastern Washington and spend the night in Idaho. Since most of the route looked to be through arid plains of wheat and potatoes, we didn’t expect much in the way of scenery. Fortunately, our expectations were exceeded.

Our GPS began by directing us north towards Ellensburg and the eastern edge of the Wenatchee National Forest. After climbing up some rolling hills, we stumbled upon a wonderful overlook of the valley below. Another photographer was setting up his tripod in the same spot, and we both commented how gorgeous the light was over the peaks ahead.

While the plains were flat, dry and boring, they offered magnificent views of the clouds and sky above. The lack of humidity rendered the sky the deepest, richest blue we’d ever seen.

With skies this beautiful, even the farmland and haystacks start to look bucolic.

However, lots of farmland also means a dearth of places to eat, especially on a Sunday. We ended up taking a 25 mile detour just to find food of any kind. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon a lush vineyard, the Cave B Winery, part of an upscale resort overlooking a river canyon. Too bad they’d stopped serving brunch about 20 minutes prior to our arrival. (We ended up eating at a pretty mediocre pizza place with no windows. Don’t ask.)

As we arrived in Idaho, a night started to fall and a fairly persistent rain washed the plains dust off of our car. We settled into a small hotel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, enjoyed dinner at a local Italian restaurant and went to bed early, as tomorrow we were onward to Yellowstone!

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