6/30/16 (Thursday) in Spokane, WA (HOME)
We had a lovely time visiting our Panhandle Gems friends at the continental breakfast. After goodbyes and hugs we were on our way by 8:30. Great roads, Hwy 14E was a smooth 2 lane, then I-84E at The Dalles bridge. Then we took Hwy 730 until it became US 395, a great 4 lane road. This was a great way to avoid the hills of I-84E beyond the Hwy 730 intersection, besides avoided the confusing roads in the Tri Cities. Great infrequent traffic!!! Thanks to Karen for this suggestion!
Columbia Gorge Views
What looked like a smooth, quiet trip had a couple fun serendipity moments. As we stopped at a turn out on Hwy 730, who happened to pass by us? Loretta/Ken (from Panhandle Gems)! We had fun exchanging texts a while after that. They wondered if we were okay because we’d left earlier, so I explained that we’d had 3 potty stops (that’s what that last stop was for) and had fueled by then. About the time they pulled into the Country Mercantile (we’d caught up to them), we got a text from our son Justin. He and his family were headed for Pacific City (TT) and were about 20 miles N of the Hatton Coulee Rest area when we were about 20 miles S of it! We’d planned to stop there for lunch. Justin replied that they were stopping there and we’d probably meet. Not only did we meet and have lunch together, we got to see a momma bird an her babies (Meadowlark). So marvelous!
Thus we spent more time at lunch than we’d planned, but boy was it worth it!!
Traffic got heavier as we neared Spokane, but we made it in fine shape by 3:30. SO glad to be home.
Not sure when I’ll post another blog. We’ll be here very busy with appointments for our bodies, the car and Miss Journey, as well as spending time with grandchildren, children on top of the yard and house catch up chores.