After waiting for a part to arrive, we finally left Centralia late Tuesday afternoon. We wanted to cover a lot of miles, so it was going to be a long day with an overnight stay at Walmart.
Rather than going up I-5 through Tacoma and Seattle to get to I-90, we decided on the more scenic route along US-12 (yes, the very same US-12 that we know as Michigan Avenue!) to the Yakima Valley, and then along the Columbia River to I-90.
Yep – we’re headed east now!!
The day started out overcast as we drove past Mt. Rainier – couldn’t see much of it today!
Nicolas was driving the RV, and he enjoyed the ups & downs, and twisty turns as we crossed over the mountains!
We drove around lots of mountains,
We followed a flowing river for several miles,
with lots of National Forest Service campgrounds along its shore. It was a beautiful location, and I’d love to come back this way and spend some time here.
Eventually the forests cleared out and the landscape became more rugged and desert-like.
Bryce thought this looked like a great sledding hill!
Yakima Cherries are just starting to come in season, and I would have loved to stop at a U-pick farm, but we were about a week too early!
After a quick dinner at McDonalds in Yakima, we took I-82 north through what looked as desolate as the Mohave Desert in California!
Making the turn east on I-90, we drove out of the desert and back into farming country.
We drove past corn, wheat, alfalfa, onions . . . and windmills!
We crossed the Columbia River,
as the sun was getting low in the sky,
and finally pulled into the Walmart in Moses Lake a little after 8pm! It was a long day of driving, and we were relieved to finally get off the road. We settled in behind the Auto Service Garage, did some grocery shopping, and had a quiet night in the parking lot.
Bright and early the next morning, well-rested, we drove the last 125 miles into Idaho. It’s not new on our map, but this is a new area of Idaho for us to explore. We’ll stay here for a few days before we continue on to Glacier National Park.