It won't surprise anyone who knows the Northwest that our drive began in clouds and rain. Here we are crossing out of Seattle.
I had my first good idea of the morning which was to take the Scenic Drive marked on the road atlas with ............ We left the highway (I-5?) and drove onto Rte 621 through Yakima Canyon. Follow me.
The answer is Pendleton, Oregon. Really good choice for our early lunch. This is where it's good to have the AAA Travel Guides. We gauge the miles and figure out where we'll be around lunch and look in the guide for a place near the highway (but not ON the highway, NO) where there's a likely restaurant and maybe a little local color. Pendleton is the home of the Round-Up, a big rodeo, and also of the Pendleton (blankets) Woolen Mill.
I have a tasty burger from a local butcher Hill Meats, with Oregon's Tillamook. John has a fancy ham sandwich from the same butcher. And I have the Prodigal Son Beer Sampler.
Everywhere we see that the rivers and ditches are full. And the final snow in the mountains has yet to melt.