We left Leavenworth in the early afternoon and are headed to Walla Walla on the Oregon border, but I know we can’t make it before dark, so our destination today is the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park and Wanapum National Recreation Area on the Columbia River. We ride south on the 97 towards Ellensburg-
The 97 is a fantastic road as it winds through the mountains in the Wenatchee National Forest-
What a gorgeous day!
I generally prefer to avoid the Interstates but we need to make some time if we’re going to reach the Wanapum National Recreation Area before dark-
Riding east on I-90 through wind farms with the sun at our back-
16 miles to Ellensburg
We stopped in Ellensburg for food and fuel and then hit the road again for the final push to the Columbia River.
The windmills are quite beautiful in the setting sun-
We’re almost at our destination- descending down into the Columbia River Valley-
We made it to the Wanapum National Recreation Area campground just as the sun was setting. It was very very windy and the Ranger kindly directed us to a site that had a grove of trees that gave us some shelter from the gale. We snuggled up in the tent and read a few pages from the Call of the Wild before calling it a night (-_-)Zzzz