|Shower's down the hall...|
I just realized that I'm skirting the line between talking about my trip and giving reviews now... oh no... I am completely unqualified... Well, lets say that this is the guy-who-just-wants-a-place-to-stay review. For $50, it was a great deal. Pastries and juice and coffee for breakfast, and a comfy bed. Two grubby thumbs up (I skipped the shower in lieu of getting out the door).
After dinner I found my way home. Not easy, as the restaurant is hidden away on a residential street. Lost in Waterville is hard to do, but anyone who has been reading my blog knows that I am capable of such a feat. This was another night of hitting the pillow and falling right to sleep.
Sunday in Douglas County
|Spokane, or Wenatchee? Main Street - Waterville|
|Can you find the Marsh Wren?|
|Killdeer are shorebirds too!|
|All right everyone... what kind of bluebird?|
|View from the ski area - Badger Mountain|
|Apple Bliss at the Orondo Cider Works - Douglas County|
This is where I learned that there were more than three kinds of apples (Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith). One summer, we started to pack Galas. I couldn't believe that an apple could taste that good. Whole warehouses would be full of crates of Galas, and the perfume of it was overwhelmingly delicious. It's still my sentimental favorite apple for the taste, although I realize that they can get a little on the soft side if you get them at the wrong time.
But in Orondo, I got a hold of something that was advertised as a "dessert apple" - a Rubens. I saw that there were piles and piles of the other varieties, but only four of these left. "A cross between Gala and Elstar" the sign said. I took three. My son agreed with me that this was an awesome apple. It tastes like a Gala in a lot of ways, but it was crisp, and very sweet, but with enough acidity to be a well-balanced apple. Apple nerds... if you can put the Honeycrisps down for a second and find a Rubens.. they're pretty good. Too sweet for my wife's taste, and too sour for my daughter's taste, for what it's worth.
Chelan County - stopping just long enough to lose...
|I've checked all of the pictures for my scope|
already... don't bother
|Foliage at Blewett Pass|
Kittitas County was also in the 40's for species seen this year, so I stopped on the way home a couple of times. The highlight here was a very brave American Dipper on the Yakima River near Cle Elum that let me walk to within ten feet of it. No camera in hand at the time, but it was very cool to see the little guy dipping for me. Of course when I tried to get the scope out to take a look at a pond was when I realized it was gone. Not a real pricey one, as spotting scopes go.... but pricey enough, and it may make some work in November a little challenging as I try to find waterbirds in Franklin County. Kittitas County... 49 species for the year now. :)
Made it home safely again. Knock on wood, but I've been blessed to be able to say that after an awful lot of driving this year.