|Sunrise on the Palouse|
|Californians - 4:30 AM|
|Rock Wren - 5:30 AM|
|Colfax - the riparian area at the bottom |
of this hill was good for passerines.
|Bank Swallow colony|
|St. John - in the middle of wheat country|
The lakes I visited in Whitman County and Lincoln (I stopped briefly in Sprague at the sewage treatment plant, but missed any of the rarities that people have seen lately) were birdy enough - more Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and Ruddy Ducks, among others - but still no Avocets! I was hoping to find those on this trip, and I was giving up hope!
After Sprague Lake, I was easily able to make it to the track for day two of competition, my girl won the mile (4:46 was a meet record), and the 800! At this point, I was done as the head coach... well for now. This was a difficult decision, with a program that I started, but during some of this time on the road, I've been able to clear the head and think, and I feel like it's the right time to hand it off to the next head coach, whoever that may be. I pulled away from Cheney for my tenth and last time as the head coach at peace with the decision, and with tears; It's been such a wonderful time building something that's so good for kids. There's a lot that I will miss, and the job now will be to become clear on what other good things I will do with the extra time. Three or four things come to mind. :)
|Grant County sunset - Kittitas County wind farm in the distance.|