137. The Palouse – Washington

The Palouse is not really a place exactly but a region filled with many, many places.  The area covers 4,000 square miles (and I certainly didn’t plan to see all of it) but I did plan to spend the entire day driving through what I could.  I headed out in my rental car on my own with my backpack, camera and a few snacks.  It was a gloriously sunny day, radio on with blue skies […]

136. Steptoe Butte – Whitman County, Washington

Steptoe Butte is a quartzite island jutting out of the silty loess of the Palouse hills.  The rock that forms the butte is over 400 million years old.  A narrow paved road winds around the butte leading to a parking area at the summit.  It’s a worthwhile drive and the view of the surrounding rolling hills and farms of the Palouse from the summit is spectacular.  

135. Riverfront Park – Spokane, WA

I was in Spokane as part of a business conference and probably would have never chosen a trip there on my own.  Not that I had anything against it, I just didn’t know anything about it.  I can tell you though that after spending a few days there, I would definitely return.  The city itself is very clean and walkable and has the most amazing riverfront park. Originally built for Worlds Fair Expo ’74, the […]

134. The Davenport Hotel – Spokane, WA

Staying at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane was a real treat and I would recommend it to anyone visiting if it’s in your budget-it’s Spokane’s only AAA four Diamond hotel.  Everything was first class all the way, right down to the doorman.  Because I was there as part of a meeting planning conference, we were given a tour of the beautifully restored hotel and ballrooms with their hand painted frescoes.  It was as magnificent as […]