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A New Route


Along this straight, and seemingly endless highway northwest of Spokane, Washington, we pulled into a rest stop where the Captain asked a trucker about Omak. It turns out we’ve been taking the long route for the last ten years.


Following the trucker’s advice, we traveled home via Grand Coulee Dam rather than via the smaller Coulee City at the south end of the reservoir created by the dam. The road winds down to where the Columbia River is dammed at Grand Coulee.

To the east of the dam is Roosevelt Lake (formed by the water that the Grand Coulee Dam has backed up).

Here we see the eastern side of the dam.

Here is the western side of it, with the water much lower.

Beyond the dam and the pretty town of Grand Coulee, the road continues on towards Omak, in the Okanogan fruit growing region of Washington State. The fall colours are a treat to see. BTW, did you know that in Canada we spell it Okanagan, while in the States it is spelled Okanogan?

We arrive in Omak in plenty of time to deal with a few trailer issues we would face.

It is very dry in this part of the state, except for the areas where water is provided by the Columbia River. We don’t mind that, as long as the temperatures are milder than in the places we’ve left behind.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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12 thoughts on “A New Route

  1. Finally. light at the end of the tunnel 🙂
    Life is Good !

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  2. Endless highway with no traffic at all on the one picture – impressive. I didn´t know about the Okanogan.

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  3. These are fantastic photos. Gorgeous country.

    BTW, let me know if you get this comment. It doesn’t appear to be asking me to re-sign in this time. Maybe WordPress fixed it for me.

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