My niece graduated from High School last weekend so Tilly and I headed up to Spokane to attend the celebration. Knowing we had a little window before summer guests arrive we extended our road trip a few days and took the long way home, 1067.9 miles long!
From Spokane we headed east to Coeur d’Alene Idaho, dropped down that state and onto the rolling wheat fields of Eastern Washington. We stop often to soak up the scenery and the quiet. Ah, the quiet! Gentle breezes, a hawk, a lone Meadowlark. Crossed over the border into the high mountain passes of Eastern Oregon and into the Wallowa Valley.
Of course, I took lots of photos and I invite you to visit the Old Parkdale Inn Facebook page where I have posted many, too many to post on this blog. Many of you know I love to geocache which encourages exploration and discovery of historical and scenic locations. So I cached my way across the center of the state, following the John Day River, the second longest undamed river in North America, along the ‘Journey Through Time’ Oregon Scenic Byway. It was also exciting to see so many cyclists now enjoying the Old West Scenic Bikeway .
One thousand plus miles, 43 geocache finds, hikes, rests and family visits. A great getaway for an innkeeper and her constant companion. If you’d like to see our state like we do give me a call and I can certainly help you plan your trip which I hope will include a night or two at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast and at the inns of my colleagues of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.