The Palouse

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I have had an intense couple of days driving. I started off yesterday morning on the Western coast of Washington and today ended driving right next to the Idaho border. I spent last night in Randall, Washington, right between Mount Rainier and Mount Saint Helens. I was planning to stop today in Yakima, but when I got there I was feeling good and just kept driving. I went down to the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick) to get fuel and headed northeast. It was fun driving by so many wineries. I really enjoyed driving through the large Palouse area and am staying in a city-run RV park in the town of Palouse that is 3 miles from the Idaho border. Fewer than 1,000 people live in this town.

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There is no hardware store in Palouse, so I drove down to Pullman to buy a new green garden hose since I got a kink and split our last hose. I then drove through the Washington State campus and saw their football and basketball stadiums. I was quite impressed with their football stadium. The Cougars are literally the only game in town. I have heard people say that it is difficult for other PAC-12 teams to get to Pullman for games with Washington State. Most teams usually fly to Seattle, then fly to Spokane, and then get a third flight down to Pullman. There are Cougar banners everywhere in town! Washington State certainly has an enthusiastic fan base.

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I have heard of people going on photography trips to the Palouse and now I understand why. The rolling hills flow in all directions and it is nice to study their shapes and colors. I imagine the colors shift through the seasons as fields are planted and harvested. I wish I could spend more time here, but I need to move down the road.

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