It’s Just A Tuesday…What Should We Do??

image of Palouse country fields

IT’S JUST A TUESDAY….WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

It was just a Tuesday, the sun was shining and we had a day with absolutely nothing planned. We decided to hit the road and make a day trip to the Palouse area in southeast Washington State. We opted out of the quickest route and decided instead to take the backroads, and see country we had not yet explored.  Our ultimate goal was the towns of Palouse and Colfax. Our route took us through the Spokane Valley then south through Veradale, Rockford, Fairfield, Latah, Tekoa, Oakesdale, Garfield, Palouse, then west a bit to Colfax. The trip home we chose the more common, faster route north through Steptoe and Rosalia and on to the Spokane area.

Scenery The Object Of Many Photographers

The scenery in the Palouse area has become the object of many professional photographers over the past 20 years and understandably so, it is breathtaking!  I definitely still qualify as an amateur photographer but I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos throughout the day. Stately and well maintained older homes like this one in Tekoa, WA., were in abundance. Thousands of acres of wheat waving gently in the breeze and the occasional farmstead  on each side.  A pride of ownership is evident in this area. It is rare to find a farm home that isn’t meticulously maintained both in their buildings and landscaping.

Tekoa WA sports some beautiful older homes
Tekoa WA sports some beautiful older homes

While passing through the town of Oakesdale we happened upon this large old building  which just begged to have it’s picture taken. We later learned this was a flour mill for many years. img_6197

Our next stop was in the tiny little town of Palouse (population approximately 945). If you ever find yourself in this area while RV’ing, this tiny little town has a small RV park with full hook-ups and a lovely, very well maintained city park right across the street.  The city park is home to a swimming pool, play sets for the kids, a bandstand, a covered picnic area, clean and well supplied bathrooms. Very impressive!

And We Arrived At Colfax

Back on the road for a few more miles of scenic driving before we arrived at Colfax. By the time we reached Colfax it was getting close to dinnertime so sight seeing was put on the back burner until after we found some food. A quick check of Yelp for nearby restaurants pointed us in the direction of Eddie’s Chinese American. With good Yelp reviews in their favor coupled with the fact that The Husband and I both love Chinese food, we headed to dinner. We weren’t disappointed. Very good dinner, good service and friendly staff/owners.

The "Codger Pole"
The “Codger Pole”

In Colfax we happened upon “The Codger Pole”  What an interesting legend!  The little park area housing the Codger Pole is a small oasis in the middle of town complete with grassy area, an abundance of flowers and a picnic table should you choose to rest here a bit.

The legend of the Codger Pole
The legend of the Codger Pole

After leaving Colfax we found a few more photo ops that I just couldn’t pass up and then took a little detour to drive through the unincorporated town of Thornton, WA on the way home. Thornton is another small farming community but this particular one held memories for The Husband as it was there that, as a child,  he visited his great aunt and uncle’s farm. Too many years had passed and he was unable to remember exactly which farm it had been.

Old bridge adds additional character to this spectacular countryside
Old bridge adds additional character to this spectacular countryside

Reaching the Spokane area as the sun was setting it was still 86 degrees outside. Perfect reason to stop for a frozen yogurt and then home. Wonderful Tuesday!

 

So many little towns dot the Palouse countryside
So many little towns dot the Palouse countryside

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