Ok, back to the trip that inspired this whole blog. I finally have gone through all 500 of my pictures and have chosen a few to share with you all. Monday April 14th after we left Ellensburg we drove down through Oregon and over to Idaho where we spent the night. Here are some pictures I took along the way:
The Rolling Hills of SE Washington
Crossing the Mighty Columbia River
Welcome to Oregon!
Beautiful Oregon Farm Country
The Great Open Country Near the Oregon/Idaho Border
Last night Ben, his brother Noah, and I went to The Rhythm Room in Phoenix and saw The Red Elvises perform live. It was great show! There are a ton of videos of them on YouTube but because of the sound quality they do not do them justice. Their sound is reminiscent of the 1950's Elvis and the Beach Boys, and most of the members are from Russia and former Soviet block countries, thus the name. They will be back in September and I recommend to everyone that they go. Also for our friends in the Seattle area, they will be up there in mid-July. Check out their website for details.
Ok, time to take a break from the trip, although I haven't been doing much of that lately anyway. Last night Ben and I went to my friend Jason's art gallery in downtown Phoenix, called The Trunk Space, and saw some really cool robot art by Jon S. Borrette. We really enjoyed all of his pieces and were amazed by the detail that could be created with pen and ink. Afterwards, I took Ben to one of my favorite restaurants which is the only one I know of that is within walking distance of work. I go whenever I can get an hour lunch break. The Willow House is so good in fact that I ate there twice in one day. They have the general cafe fair of coffee, tea, cold drinks, soups, salads, and sandwiches. They also offer more unique items such as a pita pizza and a hummus & pita platter that are both excellent. They are vegetarian and vegan friendly without making omnivores feel disdained.
On Monday of our trip we drove from Seattle to Ellensburg, WA the town of our Alma Mater, by way of I-90 and Snoqualmie Pass. I was able to get some great pictures of the still snowy landscape. It even started snowing on our drive! I really missed having snow this winter. I will cherish these pictures this summer when Phoenix gets to 120 degrees.