With Covid. Caught at the tailend of a road trip with my friend Nancy to see friends and waterfalls from here to Montana and back.
Avoiding I-5 I drove to Nancy’s past Snoqualmie so why not stop for a picture? Next morning we drove over Chinook Pass Through Yakima and stopped to see my brother John and his wife Marilyn for lunch. They just celebrated their 49th anniversary. Whoo-hoo!
Spent the night in Pendleton which has a nice historic downtown. Did not get a pciture. Next day it was on to Picabo, Idaho to visit my cousin Rose. We had to travel through a lot of smoke from a recent fire. In fact, smoke followed us all along our journey. It is fire season in Idaho and Montana. Rose was the perfect tour guide. We went to her quilting group’s annual picnic. Next day toured Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Rose took me on an adventure climbing through a Lava cave. It was difficult! After a brief rest she drove us through Haley and Ketchum to eat at Sun Valley Lodge. This was all new territory for me. Thanks, Rose!
Our next stop was Dillon, Montana where a friend of Nancy lives. Dillon had a fun antique store called Gracie’s. It had historic buildings. And Nancy’s friend Ronnie had dogs! Two were doodles!
So Dillon was a success. The next day we arrived at our ultimate destination, Linda and Tom’s place on a ridge near Livingston. Nancy and I visited their place in 2009. There have been some changes–notably they are building a guest house. We heard elks trumpeting, saw a bear, had a strange bat/moth experience. It was wonderful. But smoky.
We stopped in Bozeman on our return trip to visit with Nancy’s grandson Noah. We went to the Montana Ale Works in an old Great Northern freight house. Cool place but I think this is where I might have caught Covid. Will never know for sure.
Onward to Lolo Pass. What a beautiful drive. We stopped in Orofino at a place right on the Clearwater. Still feeling pretty good at this point.
The next day was our much anticipated trip to Palouse Falls. I hadn’t been there since my Pullman years and Nancy had only driven by the sign. Even though this is the lowest water time of year, it was still a wonder, coming out of the desert like it does.
We spent the night in Sunnyside which is completely different topography from our night on the Clearwater. What variety on this trip. Our last day, we left Sunnyside to take Hwy 12 “White Pass” home. There had been a fire near Packwood a few days earlier so we felt we were taking a chance. At Clear Creek Overlook I found another water fall. Bonus!
By this time, I was feeling pretty run down and had a serious headache. I took a test in Eatonville and it came out positive. What a surprise after the umpteen negative tests I’ve taken in the last two and a half years. Not wanting to infect Nancy’s husband, I elected to make the long trek home that night. Getting in about 10 PM, twelve hours after leaving Sunnyside. What an ignoble way to end a gorgeous journey.
So far, Nancy, Linda and Tom have all tested negative. fingers crossed.
But as many of you know, I have a sweet little cottage with a very nice bathroom. And my husband has been feeding me. So I will get through this. So long for now.
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