Saturday, June 9 – Our last day in the hills of the Palouse! Our only plan for the day was to go into town to do some shopping and upload the blogs at the library so we don’t have to burn up our limited bandwidth. Don came by to tell us about a kiddie rodeo that was taking place in the corrals of the fairground where we are staying. So now we had something else to do for the early afternoon. D & D went over to the rodeo early and Mary and I joined them after we got back from town.
We decided we should do one last photo drive through the hill around here, so after another early dinner, we were out again. This time we headed, first west, then south through an area we hadn’t done before. Once out on Highway 24, we soon came to a huge canola field. We’ve only been looking for blooming canola for the entire time we’ve been here. We didn’t realize it was here all along – just not blooming. Too bad we’re leaving tomorrow. Looking around, it is clear it is beginning to bloom in several different areas. This particular patch, while pretty spectacular, was kind of hard to photograph. Mostly planted in a flat field, it was difficult to get a good angle. But we played with it for a while before moving on. This wasn’t the best of our drives. We made a wrong turn on the way to a favorite spot, and hit a dead end well off the road. We ended up getting to our spot too late to photograph, but did find a place or two before hand.
Sunday, June 10 – We got it together and were out of camp by 9 AM, rolling down the road to Palouse Falls State Park. It wasn’t far – about 80 miles, but the campground we planned on staying in was no longer a campground. It was originally a state park and campground, then a Corp of Engineers camp, now a county a park without a campground. The only real option was to check into a KOA. Don was not pleased. None of us were really, but the next option was another 16 miles away. We bit the bullet and paid for a night. The spaces were tight, but the setting wasn’t too bad. The campground host had a thing about his lawn however, and would not let me back up enough to attach the waste hose to the sewer. We couldn’t even have the back of the rig over the lawn. I did it anyway so I could dump before moving back up to his specifications.
We drove out to a forest service campground near a reservoir, but found it to be a bit too far away to justify just one nights stay. We did see several large pelicans floating about as we drove along the reservoir road. We then shot up to Palouse Falls for a couple of hours to check it out. It was actually a pretty impressive falls. The park itself is high up on the rim with a grand overlook down to the falls and the huge bowl it made in the canyon. There were trails to it, but it was so stark looking and hot we chose to skip any hikes or a return trip. In the morning we packed it up and headed out of the area.We ended up in the Prosser area of Washington and had a fun time visiting several wineries and buying a number on reasonably priced wines. Back in the lone RV park in the town of Sunnyside, we proceeded to make short work of several of our bottles. On Tuesday, we visited a few more wineries before having lunch and staggering our way back to camp for our last dinner together with Don & Dorothy. We have to say goodby to them in the morning. It will be hard getting used to traveling on our own again, but our waistlines will probably benefit – both Dorothy’s and Mary’s cooking has been great, and the happy hours we fell into everyday also included lots of snacks. We have around 7 days left of this trip and plan to spend a few days in the mountains of Oregon tracking down waterfalls before zipping back home, probably by Friday. This trip has just zoomed by and seems to be ending abruptly. It’s been really fun though. Perhaps one more post to come before we get home.