August 24th ~ Palouse, WA
Welcome to small town America. Palouse is located just two miles from the Idaho border in the Southeastern corner of Washington State. A rich farming area with rolling hills covered in golden crops. Wheat, peas, lentils, barley and garbanzo beans are the main items harvested.
We had a rendezvous with my sister Jan, and brother-in-law Mark, the day before. Staying two nights in the local Palouse RV Park, located right on main street, gave us a free day to explore the area.
The wind had kicked up earlier in the morning which was a blessing as much of the smoke was blown away.
We started our day with an active 2.5 mile hike in Kamiak Butte County Park. There was quite a bit of uphill climbing, but the view from the top was impressive.
Hundreds of acres, many recently harvested, lay golden far below.
After lunch and a little rest, we decided to explore the town. The entire town is only a few blocks long, so walking gave us a wonderful feel for the charm and history.
We spent a leisurely couple of hours wandering in and out of thrift stores, an antique collectible shop, a quilting shop, looking through the windows of several others not open including the small museum and a gallery located in the old bank.
Eventually we plunked down at a picnic table in the park and admired the gigantic trees.
Early railroad history:
Small town America brings an appreciation for our history, and a way of life sadly often long gone in our hectic big cities.
You can watch a two-minute video on the area by clicking here.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that after an invigorating hike and a rest that we took the time to simply explore and for a short time be a part of this charming bit of historical lore. Makes me appreciate a simpler way of life.