Miles traveled today: 338
Total miles traveled: 2,333
Miles to go: 259
States visited: 11 – We hit Idaho and Washington today

As I type this here in this lovely blog, Celine and I are sitting in a Best Western in Kennewick, WA. Incidentally, I do realize that if you are doing the math at home, the mileage numbers in these posts don’t add up for some reason. I am blaming Google, and I’m definitely not interested in trying to figure out where we went wrong. So, too bad for you, they will remain incorrect.

Today was a relatively short day, but that gives us an easy drive tomorrow into Salem, which was the whole plan. We’re hoping to get an early start and be in Salem by lunchtime, which means we should be able to have the movers over tomorrow afternoon, which means we should be completely in our house by tomorrow night. At least, this is the plan. We’ll see how it all goes!

The drive today was beautiful once again. We finished our tour of the Rockies and then entered the flat wheat fields of Eastern Washington. During the course of the mountains, we had two occasions where we were going 25 mph up huge hills, but we made it, and it’s over. We do go through Mt. Hood National Park tomorrow, but I don’t think any of the hills there will be as bad as what we saw today. At least I hope not.

Anyway, big hills make for pretty pictures!

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That’s one of the last big mountains we saw. Once we cleared that one, it was smooth sailing. This next picture is from a town called Coeur D’Alene, a town that apparently is nothing but a huge lake. Since we were driving up huge hills and over many bridges, we didn’t get any pictures of the big water, but here’s a peek coming over the first hill:

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It looked like the kind of place you could spend a whole summer without tiring of it. The lake was crystal blue and huge, the mountains were all around – we almost just stopped there and unloaded our truck, until we considered the real estate prices on a lake like that one. Coeur D’Alene was in Idaho. We were in Idaho!

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But only for about an hour and a half, and then we crossed into Washington. Once we did that, things flattened out considerably, and mountains turned into huge wheat fields that appear to have been harvested. Some of them looked like they were about to be replanted (winter wheat), but mostly it was miles and miles of this:

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Truly, miles and miles. You could see forever, especially after being locked in the mountains, and it was nothing but wheat fields,the occasional farm house, and maybe a rare tree here or there. It did give us a good view of the trains though!

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That one is really for Celine’s dad, he’s quite a train fan. We actually drove beside a train track for much of Idaho and Washington, it was pretty cool to see.

The cats have soldiered on, and of all the creatures on this trip, Mr. Lawrence is going to be the most happy to be done with all of this driving. Tortellini doesn’t like taking her meds in the morning, but after that she settles in for the ride, sleeping most of the way, and then she has a ball in the new hotel room looking for hiding places and items to destroy. Mr. Lawrence on the other hand hates taking his pill, still hates riding in the car, lodges his protests by yowling and scratching at his kennel during the trip, and then is just confused and overwhelmed by a new room every night. He spends a lot of time hissing and growling whenever Tortellini comes near him. However, he hasn’t lost his love for Celine (he’s curled up beside her right now), and after tomorrow his ordeal will end.

So that’s where we are now, in the plains of Eastern Washington. Tomorrow we drive to Salem, unload the car from the dolly, return the dolly, go back to the house, get our keys from our landlord, call in the movers, get our power and water turned on, and start unpacking. I also have a fantasy football draft tomorrow at 4:30. No big deal, right?

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