|View from "our" patio|
As I have mentioned before, Beez did a wonderful job of planning this trip and finding great hotels along the way. When we pulled into the Red Lion Hanford House in Richland, Washington, we had just driven for another long day that ended with a smoke-filled highway and backed-up traffic. There were some wildfires getting underway and that highway was closed not long after we passed through. The hotel looked nice enough, but the road in front of it was filled with traffic, it was hot, and we were tired.
Our room, however, was around back and, seemingly, in a far more peaceful world. It faced the Columbia River, which was a surprise to me, although not to that clever Beez, who always does his research. We had a private little patio of our own, the hotel bar supplied glasses and a bottle of wine, and we had a lovely time unwinding and looking out at the river.
Sunset over the Columbia...
...and sunrise the next morning.
... and during the day. That's the Tacoma Dome over on the right. From here you can also see the Bridge of Glass, the Museum of Glass, and America's Car Museum. More about those in future posts.
And beautiful Mount Rainier came out for a while and obligingly floated above the city. When we lived in Washington, long ago, we could see the mountain from our back porch--when it was "out" which, as any Washingtonian will tell you, isn't every day!
Ah, Mt. Rainier!! It is a beauty, isn't it!!! Sounds like such a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing the fun and the beauty with us, Clair! I have really enjoyed it!! Hope your week is going well!!
I grew up in Tacoma. When were you there ?
The travel gods blessed you! Great rooms, and a perfect view of Mt Ranier! Lovely lovely lovely. We're heading to Tacoma this weekend. We have kids there... Not such a long trip for us of course. Hope the mountain shows up for us..
Sounds like Beez is a pro at finding just the right room. These days, the "right room" for me is something cheap!
JC, we lived in what is now Edgewood, outside of Tacoma, from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties. Prior to that, I lived in Montesano for a few years. This trip in June was the first time we've been back, although we have kept in touch with several of our old neighbors and have seen them in New Hampshire and in Albuquerque over the years.
At first I mistook the mountain for a cloud - I'm not used to seeing mountain peaks so far up the sky!
Lovely! My family was in region part of the time. Wasn't the weather lovely? They scampered down to Oregon to see dear friends, then back up and camped some. I will never tell my son your photos are better, but they are: his were about family so utterly pleased me. I kept he critters alive in their absence.
I've been surfing backwards to check on posts of yours that I had missed. Must have been a wonderful road trip.
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