We then moved north to the city of Yakima. We came through here one summer and discovered that the Yakima Valley is the Fruit Bowl of the USA. So again we loaded up on fresh fruits and even some very nice vegetables. The onions below are Walla Walla Sweets. You coat them in olive oil and cook on the grill till soft, very sweet taste. Seventy-five percent of all hops grown in the USA come from this valley, so what better place to build a micro brewery than in the middle of a hops field. We visited Bale Breaker Brewery and ate a picnic lunch while sipping a Blonde Ale. Because there are so many micro brewery's opening up now, the demand for hops is skyrocketing. So they are tearing up older orchards and planting hops because it is a better cash crop.
We were driving through a neighborhood when we passed a lemonade stand. Jo had to stop and make a purchase since the Haddad children used to do the same thing. Turns out one of the little girls was named Olivia.
Josie drove the cart for me when I played the Apple Tree Golf Course. As the name implies the course has been built through an apple orchard. The 17th green is in an island green in the shape of an Apple.
The second week we spent in Spokane in the Northeastern part of the state. The Spokane River runs right through the downtown area and the Riverside Park has a swinging bridge from which you can view the rapids. The park also has a great big Red Rider Wagon sled, which I had to try out. Jo had a dress on so she did not slide. There was a wildfire burning about twenty miles north of the city and we were lucky the wind was blowing the smoke away from us. You can see from the picture below it made for a different sunset. On the night of the super moon we went over to Cheney Washington and attended the rodeo.
We drove over to Idaho and Josie again drove the cart for me at the Coeur d' Alene Resort Golf Course. It is famous for its movable floating green where they can change the yardage every day. Once you tee off and hopefully hit the green, they drive you over in a small boat so you can finish the hole, quite an experience. In case you are wondering I hit the green but my ball rolled into the flower bed on the right. I was awarded a free drop, made a decent chip to the hole but then hit a crappy first putt as usual, so I bogied the hole. As you can see from the picture below Jo really enjoyed driving the fancy golf cart. The course and scenery was very beautiful with over 30,000 geraniums and 15,000 wild flowers. One other course amenity is each foursome is met at the bag drop by a valet parking attendant who parks your car and a fore caddie who stays with you through the round. He goes ahead on each hole and helps find a wayward ball, gives you yardage and takes your putter and other clubs to and from the green. Our caddie was Nate and he was fantastic. The next evening we went back to Coeur d' Alene and took the sunset dinner cruise. In the pictures below you can see the resort in both daylight and moonlight. The homes on the lake reminded us of the homes on Lake Lure North Carolina where our friends Leon and Laura have a lake house. But there was one home that was built on a rock that was very cool. When we saw the boaters gather in the middle of the lake for the sunset we were reminded of Lake Orion Michigan where Josie's son has a lake cottage and the boaters gather on the sand bar in the middle of the lake.
On our last day in the area I got up early and went birding at Turnbull NWR near Cheney. The best thing I saw was a moose and her calf. The mother watched me for a little while then went back to eating. As I was watching the calf watch me something went behind it low to the ground through my binocular view. The mother moose snorted and the calf ran about twenty yards and stopped. The mother moose came out of the thicket and never looked at me but kept an eye on whatever was now in the thicket. After about a minute they walked into the woods and disappeared. I watched the thicket for another 5 minutes but never saw what spooked the moose.
Next stop, Montana