The seven hours it took to drive to Winthrop, Washington, felt more like seven minutes. Mauri and I love a good road trip, and the changing topography along the route kept us well entertained. And then we were there!
“There” is here, visiting brother DK. He met us on the way to feed the horses. That’s roadkill on our windshield. DK (a.k.a. Daryl) is both a professional yacht captain and a cowboy. Quite the combo! We intended to visit Stacey too, but she was called out of town for work.
My selfie with Belle Star and Miss Kitty.
Once the horses were fed, we headed up to the house to meet Usha. Get used to seeing pictures of Usha, DK and Stacey’s French mastiff (think Turner and Hooch), because I had a hard time narrowing my pictures of her for this post. You’ll see why in a minute.
These beauties provided us with delicious breakfast eggs.
DK built this coop for them.
Let me tell you, chickens never had it so good. Their house has more amenities than ours.
DK showed us more of his spread—next the barn.
Two years ago this was just a piece of land. Gradually a house and barn were built, each step with thoughtful intention. DK and Stacey lived in a motor home on their property while DK built all of this (at the same time commuting to the company yacht whenever it scheduled to sail).
One section of the barn is dedicated to DK’s shop. Talk about a “chip off the old block”! I’d give anything for his dad to see this.
That’s the house up on the hill. You still haven’t had a good look at Usha.
Here’s a better look. Designed for all seasons. That far north, winters include lots of snow. Which, I might add, is one reason the Williamses are drawn to live there. Cross-country skiing is big in these parts. Many miles of trails, and some welcome dogs.
The home itself is quite lovely. This big open room has more space behind me plus two bedrooms, two baths off the back.
The general living space looks out over the valley.
Which, as you might imagine, was where we spent the majority of our time.
Every now and then we’d go inside. Like to sleep.
We did go out and about. The horses needed to be moved to pasture.
We walked the downtown, stopping in a store or two.
Usha goes wherever she wants to go. In this case she wanted a drink of water. I guess that’s reasonable, not that you ever reason with Usha.
She didn’t think much of being forced to ride in the back to make room for the humans in the cab.
My view from the window of our lunching location at Sun Mountain Lodge. Not too shabby.
Back at the ranch, I thought I’d stretch my legs and work off some of my lunch. Cameras in hand, I hoped to get this view of their place.
I hope you appreciate my effort. This final hill might not look like much, but it sure challenged my sea-level heart and lungs! Huff Puff.
I was grateful for lots of these along the way. I could take frequent breathers and look like I was admiring the balsamroot.
And then it was time to say goodbye. DK was heading back to the boat, so we scratched this girl behind the ears and headed south.
We took our time, stopping whenever we saw a bakery or coffee roaster or a sign like this one that says “Established in 1945,” which I was.
Twisp was in the news a year or so ago when fires raged in the area. We witnessed much of the after effects.
After an overnight in The Dalles we decided to drive home on the Washington side of the Columbia River. It was my first time to do that (Mauri has much history in these parts) and it was a totally different experience.
Just look! River and mountain views. Gorgeous!
And some fun short tunnels through the rock wall. Can you tell I enjoyed all of it?
My dear man will do just about anything for another meal from Podnah’s. And that Washington route led us directly to it. Imagine that!
There was one more highlight about our trip home, but I’ll save that for another day. Thanks for coming along on our road trip. Next time you should go with us!