Since leaving Salt Lake City a month ago, you might be wondering where the DaMClarks are now. When in doubt, check out Current Location on this website. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Yakima - After Salt Lake City we spent a night in Boise, Idaho and traveled back to Washington state with our first stop being Yakima. The five days we spent here flew by with family visits setting the pace.
Lake Chelan - We moved onto what Dennis and I consider a second home, Lake Chelan. We’ve been traveling to this gem of a lake for over 35 years and still can’t get enough of it. Beautiful 50.5 mile Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the United States. It is surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards with two charming small towns at the south end, and mountains, forests, and a small community at the north less accessible end. Here we spent a week kicking back a bit before the next busy stage of our travels.
Seattle - After 2 weeks enjoying the eastern side of Washington, we arrived in Seattle greeted by a gully-washer of a storm. It was tempting to simply turnaround and get the heck out of there, but we donned our raincoats and rallied forth. We spent the next two weeks running ourselves ragged with appointments, engagements, and commitments. We also stopped in at our storage unit and stashed things we decided we didn’t need after all. Over the last 2 months on the road we find ourselves honing our road trip savvy, and extras are that much more to haul in and out every time we stop for the night. It was nice seeing family and friends but the road was calling to us both.
Walla Walla - On the road again this time to southeast Washington. As the old slogan goes - A town so nice, they named it twice! The name, Walla Walla, is taken from the native Walla Walla, Cayuse, and Umatilla Indian tribes and means, place of many waters. We were here in the 1980s and spent time exploring the 1830s Whitman Mission National Historic Site. On that visit, Walla Walla was an old town in much need of focus and support. Since then the wine industry has taken off here and things have changed dramatically. It's still a place of many streams running through cemented canals, but one may also suggest it is a place of many wines! The historic downtown buildings of Walla Walla have been repurposed into a vibrant corridor of wine tasting rooms, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, fun shops, and public art. The many cafes with outdoor seating invite people to sit, sip, and savor the experience.
Our stay at a nearby Airbnb was delightful. A newly renovated outbuilding behind the hosts home is now a cozy bungalow perfect for exploring what Walla Walla has to offer. Our hosts, Mary and Joe, went out of their way to insure our visit was the best. They even provided us with everything to make breakfast, as they know travelers don’t always feel like grocery shopping after spending the day on the road.
While in Walla Walla we took in a self-guided walk of the historic downtown buildings and the nearby walk of historic homes. We joined the locals at the Saturday Farmer’s Market and a First Monday Food Truck event. Dennis enjoyed a long bike ride out in the beautiful wheat fields surrounding the area while I managed to get in a good long run. Oh, and we even made time for a stop at a winery for a tasting while taking in the views from the deck. Maybe we can do more of that if we have time on our next visit.
Thanks for joining us on our journey.