Eastern Washington trip 4/20/18 - 4/22/18

With my 20's rearing it's head, I needed one final trip before i turned 30! I was considering going to Mt Rainier, but some of the parts are still not open yet. It's been really rainy in Portland so I wanted some sun. Hmmm... go to Wallowas? Nope, still too snowy. What about Eastern WA?? There's so much uncharted territory for me out there. My friend Savannah's boyfriend lives on the Idaho border in Pullman, so I decided to head out that way to see Palouse Falls, and some other things in the area. Join my adventure to see the weird side of Washington.

We left late on Friday and headed to Boardman, OR. We stopped at a really good thai place in The Dalles, of all places.Montira's was the name of it. I recommend it! 

 

Our first stop was to get up for sunrise and head over to Umatilla WIldlife refuge. Savannah and I saw some ospreys, and some other wildlife, and a pack of (Mule?) deer with huge ears there. 

We met up with Savannah's boyfriend. and we took the long, boring drive through Tri-cities to twin sisters rock. Kinda cool little pitstop.

#thatnwbus - I've always wanted to go, but it's just been to far! This bus is kind of on the way to Palouse falls, and has been a graffiti icon, that constantly changes.

Next up was the main event: Palouse Falls!

Unfortuanately 3 people in their 20s were swimming down at the bottom and all got sucked into the current of the falls. 2 of them surfaced, but a 23 year old from Spokane never surfaced. They are still waiting for the body to surface, but it's too dangerous to send the dive team down. It's been one week, and the park is still closed. The body has yet to be found :( http://keprtv.com/news/local/richland-witness-shares-account-of-possible-drowning-at-palouse-falls

look at all the water flowing! some sparrows were flying around nearby

 I think this is the Wallowas in the distance!

I think this is the Wallowas in the distance!

 Palouse Falls at sunset. We were allowed to walk around on top, but obviously no to the bottom, as that would interfere with rescuers.

Palouse Falls at sunset. We were allowed to walk around on top, but obviously no to the bottom, as that would interfere with rescuers.

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 our weird motel in Connell, WA. A bored cop creeped past me three times while I was out night shooting 

our weird motel in Connell, WA. A bored cop creeped past me three times while I was out night shooting 

Next we headed up to Moses Lake. We were going to check out the dunes, but they were mainly dirtbike/atv riders. We went to potholes state park, but were a bit underwhelmed. Luckily it was earth day and all of the parks were free!

we left Moses lake and were driving through Hood River at sunset, so we stopped at Panarama Point for some pics.