Ghost Town

As we drove down the hill into Coulee City, a small town at one end of a dam on the Columbia River, we talked about our planned tortilla supper. We had bought all the ingredients but had forgotten the onions. No problem. We would find a grocery store and pick up a few.


It was hard to find a downtown core in this small town. No grocery store in sight. Well, let’s ask someone. But whom? The place was like a ghost town.dscn6513

Not a soul in sight on any of the streets. At last we found two kids playing in front of their house. We called them over to ask if there was a grocery store in town and where it might be. As the little boy came closer to the truck to answer our questions, I wanted to say, “Don’t come any closer. Don’t you know it’s dangerous to get too close to strangers asking for directions?” At the same time, although I needed help in finding the store, I thought how sad that we need to fear for our children’s safety like this.


We followed the little boy’s directions and found out where all the townspeople were. They were at the store! All four of them.


Coulee City is a very small town, but it’s a great place to stay if you’re camping. Well … usually it is. For a wild night in Coulee City, check out an earlier post


20 thoughts on “Ghost Town

  1. Ursula Kurz

    Your pictures remind me on towns around this country. Most often the small towns are soul-less and we feel like beeing all alone on this earth. Funny feeling …

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  2. Lori

    Onions would’ve been purposely left out of my recipe, no matter a Mexican dish or not. 😉 I had to look up Coulee City. That really is a desolate town. And, you’re right, it’s sad how we need to fear for our children’s safety.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      For us, the tortillas would be lacking that zip without the onions. But yes, the worry about those kids was real. I knew they were safe from us, of course, but they were so innocently helpful that I wanted to tell them not to talk to us, or anyone asking directions.

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  3. reocochran

    I love tortillas, Anneli. What is your combination include, if I may ask?
    I had chicken tortilla soup recently and enjoyed this! 🙂 My son and his wife have perfected their recipe, which includes adding a dollop of sour cream, a few tortilla chips crumbled on top and a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese. Their children enjoyed it, too. My son also adds on his portion, red hot sauce.


  4. wordsfromanneli Post author

    I heat up the tortillas in the frying pan just to warm them. We put all the ingredients on a big platter and build our own roll ups. The platter usually has tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, onion, poblano peppers (all chopped), grated cheese, and we have something fried in the pan – like fish fingers, or chicken strips, or beef strips). Sometimes we put a base of refried beans on the tortilla first, but then we add a tiny bit of each of the things on the platter. A sprinkle of hot sauce or salsa, a dollop of sour cream, and a squeeze of lime, then roll up the tortilla IF YOU CAN!



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