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The four of us moved to Moscow, Idaho on Sunday and are staying in two of five campsites on the edge of a beautiful green park with roses, birdies and a cottontail that visits us every evening at dusk. The only downside is a whole lot of mosquitoes that also come out at dusk. Can’t have it all, I guess.

Dave and I took off early Monday morning to drive the back roads and check out the neighborhood. Okay, not great. The best way I can describe it is that the hills around Colfax are “stacked” while the hills around Moscow are flat-chested. The drama isn’t there. The terrain may be different because there are mountains nearby, the closest being Moscow Mountain. We did get a nice image of pink-blossom trees. The other highlight of the morning was seeing a few Banded Galloway cows. As I’ve said before, we’re easily amused. The weather is finally warming up and we had a great dinner of Greek hot dogs, courtesy of Dorothy. Good stuff.

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The next day D&D did the driving. We headed west to the Snake River. There were lots of green fields, but little drew our attention. We reached the Snake and at my urging, picnicked in the shade near a Cougar’s rowing dock. It is hard to believe the total devotion that the entire Palouse has for Washington State University’s Pullman football team. There are Cougar emblems everywhere.

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After lunch, we followed the Snake for a number of miles before heading east on pretty-well-maintained gravel road. As we were nearing the town of Colton, WA a cropduster began sweeping in big circles around us. Because of all the hills, we kept losing him until he turned around for another run.

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From Colton we headed north back to Pullman. My ulterior reason for wanting an early lunch was found on Ferdinand Lane in the middle of Washington State University. It’s the WSU Creamery where students learn how to farm really good cheese and ice cream. Oh the ice cream!!!!! They actually knew how to make a really great chocolate soda, the best I’ve had in 15 or 20 years. For all you young blog-readers, a chocolate soda is not a coke float with chocolate ice cream. It’s chocolate syrup mixed with seltzer into which a large scoop of ice cream is submerged. When made correctly (lots of chocolate syrup) it is lush and scrumptious, with more textural variety than a milk shake can provide. If you are anywhere near Pullman, WA I cannot recommend this ice cream parlor highly enough.

When Don and Dorothy decided it was laundry day, they decided to take Koko, their Lazy Daze with all their dirty laundry, my dirty laundry and me. (I was clean.) For the first time, I got to ride in a rig sitting at the kitchen table. Neat. Their 2007 rig is different from ours in minor ways. Their kitchen window looks bigger because it hasn’t got decorative soffits like we do.  The rear window shade is different: ours pulls down, theirs has a cord that drives Dorothy crazy. They also don’t have an exit stair that automatically extends. Dorothy probably saved my life when she stopped me from exiting before she manually put the stair out.

After laundry we lounged around, ate an early dinner and went to find Kamiak Butte. We wanted to hike it with low light and see how the views were. We ran into a knowledgeable German who told us that most of the unobstructed views were on the east side of the butte. We labored up the 4 switchbacks and got a great view of the surrounding country. The west side is almost totally obstructed by trees, but since they protected us from the sun, we appreciated them. We did a little back road touring as the sun got closer to the horizon, found a neat road to return to, and headed home. We got back at 9:30, but it was a worthwhile evening.

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On Thursday, we moved back up to our old stomping grounds near Colfax. We’re going to do a bit more back road exploring to the west. None of the farmlands we’ve seen compare, although the light in which we look has an enormous impact on our visual response. It’s hot now, around 86 degrees, but the campground has a pleasant breeze and we’re parked in the afternoon shade of the cottonwood trees. We had a light supper of wild salmon pita pockets with a horseradish sauce and took off on another drive. I purchased a detailed Washington state atlas and it helped enormously; I no longer have to depend on our undependable Garmin.  We returned to our favorite place on Almota Road just as the sun descended into its pre-sunset cloud. That gave us soft light. Then it popped out again to give us a golden glow on our chosen hills. That was followed by the best sunset of our trip so far. I was thinking of your Hawaii sunset images, Patti, as I shot away.

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We’ve been hearing about northern lights being visible in Spokane, 90 miles north of us, but haven’t been in a dark enough spot to see them even if they appeared. We don’t seem to have much luck with celestial events.

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