Friday, October 19, 2012

Go West: Day One

Seattle to Spokane, 2012

We left Seattle at around 10:00 a.m. yesterday and drove through the Cascade Mountains, discussing (among other things) the space elevator, things we would buy if we were unfathomably rich, and social media. Will and I love a good road trip. I love the meandering conversations you have when you are trapped in the car; Will adores stopping along the way and striking up long chats with total strangers.

We wound up in Yakima at around midday...not terribly much to see there, but the wide streets and old signs really do remind you that you are on the frontier.

We also found our way to lunch at a breathtaking spot on the Columbia River Gorge. Cave B Winery was one of those places you hope you'll stumble upon but rarely do. It was especially cool to find it given the barren, almost lunar landscape of that part of Washington state, which reminded me a tad too much of The Hills Have Eyes.

We sat outside on the terrace in the sunshine as two military jets did an amazing fly over through the gorge. Just the kind of weird and wonderful thing we were after.

Axel was very amenable to the drive. I pumped a few bottles so that we didn't have to do any more stops than we usually would, and I broke out the cow book a couple of times to keep him entertained. Other than that he slept most of the way.

Once we got to Spokane, we checked into our hotel, took a dip in the hot tub, bathed Axel like a Roman senator, and caught up with some old friends.

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