Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tada! we made it to…Soap Lake, Washington.

Wednesday April 25, 2012

The weather had been very unsettled in the Boise area and north of us as well with all sorts of thunderstorm watches by the National Weather service along our route so we we worried about pounding rain and wind.  Guess what….nothing happened.  A slight tail wind 15C most of the way and now about 23C in Soap Lake…how great is that.  We have hit such terrible wind on this leg of the journey in the past that we are always really cautious.  We usually stop at the Wal-Mart in Othello, Washington but with our early leaving (7am) and no weather problems we forged on another 80 or so miles.  Arrived here at the Sun Lakes RV park on the north end of Soap Lake around 3:30 and are now set up and relaxing with a beer.  $20 per night (off season) or $40 for three nights which is a deal since we have internet, full hook up, a lake view, showers, hot tub, pool, tennis courts, etc.  It would be packed here in the summer and the price would be a lot higher.  Eric has always wanted to stop here so he got his wish!  We are parked in a beautiful treed site looking at the lake. 

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Soap Lake looking south.

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Pretty park, that’s us in the trees.

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We had a little wind and rain while we had supper and then….the sun came out.

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Pretty evening.

We did a little alternate route today and headed north at the Stanfield Junction instead of heading up I82 through the tri cities.  It is a boring desolate and usually windy drive until you hit the tri cities and then it is a busy hodge podge of freeways and traffic…so Eric wanted an alternate route.  We left the the I84 at Stanfield Junction onto 395 or 32 whichever you want to call it and then I took us off on South Edwards Road a county road.  We went up a slightly bumpy road through the farmland to #207 and then onto the Columbia Highway which follows the Columbia river and comes out on the east side of the tri cities and then north onto 395 .  We had lunch along the Columbia river and the whole thing was much prettier and more relaxing….except for me because as the not so good navigator I’m always sure I’ll screw up!  Okay today just one minor blip.  Tomorrow Eric wants to go via the Grand Coulee dam on our way to Canada via Osoyoos so that will be more country to see.

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Pulled off by the Columbia having lunch. P1020937

Looking north up the river.

Tomorrow…the Grand  Coulee Dam.

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