The Palouse

We cut our visit short by one day when we saw the weather report predicting temperatures climbing into the high 90’s and maybe 100+, no fun to camp in that kind of heat. We moved on north into the Palouse and Steptoe Butte.

I have heard the term “the Palouse” for years and never really knew exactly where it was but have seen some really awesome springtime photos from the area and was determined to get there in early spring when the rolling hills display their vibrant greens and the low sun angles create a tapestry of shadows and light across the fields.

The Palouse

The Palouse

The Palouse encompasses parts of southeastern Washington, north central Idaho and, in some definitions, extends south into northeast Oregon.  It is 208 miles of rolling hills and farmland, primarily whet and legumes.   Near the town of Steptoe, Steptoe butte rises up above the rolling hills to offer 360 degrees of spectacular scenic vistas.

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Road up Steptoe Butte

Sea of Tranquility

Tranquility

Canola Fields

Canola Fields

Lone Barn

 

Leaving the tranquility of the Palouse behind us we headed back to the Interstate and one more night before home.  We opted for an air conditioned hotel as the temperatures soared – it was a good choice.

Sunset - Moses Lake

Sunset – Moses Lake

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