The Other Side of the Mountains

At the beginning of December, I went on an Eastern Washington and Oregon Adventure for a few days. I stopped in a few small towns but I spent the most time in Walla Walla, WA and Pendleton, OR. Once you cross the Cascade Range, The true, rainy, green Pacific Northwest disappears and is replaced with golden rolling hills, farmland and sage brush. Really, eastern Oregon and Washington are almost indistinguishable from Idaho and western Montana. The vastness of the landscape is refreshing. In the Pacific Northwest, the sky seemingly¬† hangs low enough to touch it; there’s a finite space between your feet and the low clouds that sometimes obscure the tops of the tallest Douglas Firs. Over the mountains, there’s space– miles and miles of landscape uninterrupted by forests and mountains– the sky, untouchable.

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