Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

I didn't expect anything out of today, but it was full of fun and entertainment.  My only plan was to just backtrack and drive west a couple hours to reach a campground close to tomorrow's rafting trip.

As I left the Grand Coulee Dam behind, I began today's journey on Highway 2 and this particular stretch was easily one of my all-time favorite drives.  The drive was so beautiful, exciting and unique that it easily answers the question "WHY?"  Why drive??  The road took me through a series of canyons as I drove at the bottom along a river between cliff walls.  As I came out of that long stretch the road meandered through hills and plateaus of all colors.  This was the EXACT scenary I have always pictured as the Wild West and seeing this land for the first time by horse and carriage hundreds of years ago.

The real excitement of this drive was the spooky sky.  It was dark all around and clearly storming of in the distance.  I could see many dark cloudy fingers reaching down all around me and dropping rain on the land.  It almost felt as though I was riding alongisde the rain storm.

Much later I finally encountered the rain too.  A very scary moment occured as I tried to see through my bug-graveyard of a windshield with the oncoming rain.  Suddenly I spotted a giant deer.  It was huge.  IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!!  I hit the break and skidded across the wet road which set the deer galloping forward as I steered into the oncoming lane of traffic and then back to my own.  And like that the deer was gone.  My heart was racing.  Did that just happen?

Finally I made a stop at Pioneer Village and Museum in Cashmere, Washington.  It was a small but terrific museum that I would have never thought twice about stopping at if I hadn't just read about it in a travel book.  So I urge all of you to see it the next time you go to Cashmere, Washington.  The museum displayed numerous Native American artifacts from mid-Columbia River dating back to over 9,000 years ago!  Out back behind the museum was a pionner village.  It contained twenty original pioneer structures such as a school, barber shop, doctor's office, saloon, blacksmith, post office, and more.
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