09/30/2010: Day 7: Over the Cascades into Seattle
I woke before dawn, dressed, and slipped out to walk along the river and across town to see the Grand Coulee Dam at sunrise.
Karen was waiting for me when I got back. We packed up, checked out, and headed across the bridge for breakfast.
Then we drove uphill and downstream along State roads 174 and 17.
We reconnected with the Columbia River at another dam site. Chief Joseph Dam is the second largest hydroelectric facility in the U.S. Then we crossed the Okanogan Valley, home of the Washington Apple.
Advised by one of my readers, we took the half-day-longer northern Cascades route through the town of Winthrop instead of the more direct Southern Cascades loop.
We'd seen many authentic old towns, so this plastic imitation did not impress us. I do have to admit that it is still true to its original charter: Separating travelers from cash.
But the Cascades drive was quite nice, if a bit exhausting. Especially since we expected to dance this evening.
We made it in to Seattle this Thursday evening through rush hour, in time to stop in with our hosts and run out for a light meal, and on to the contradance. Because of a very recent and high profile death in the community (Warren Argo), it had become a major reunion and memorial event. The large hall was packed with the best dancers, and dozens of musicians came to play.
We have now passed our far northern part of the trip, and Seattle is about as far west as we are going. We'll spend 2 days here, and then start heading south.