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.

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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.

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

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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 https://wordsfromanneli.com/2015/11/09/storm-at-coulee-city/

 

20 thoughts on “Ghost Town

  1. 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. 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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    • 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. 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.

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  4. 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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