Saturday 1st July
Our journey continued along the I-84 into Oregon. The south-east region of the state is classed as High Desert and spreads like a wide finger west towards the Cascade Mountains. Driving through the region it looks like moorland with green rolling hills and irrigated valleys.
Walmart in Island City to stock up and stay over in the car park for the night.
Sunday 2nd July
The terrain changed to pine covered hills as we continued west before descending into vast grass covered plains.
Just outside Pendleton we saw warnings for low visibility due smoke. There was a grass fire raging at the side of the road.
Turning onto the I-82 we crossed the mighty Columbia River into Washington, past the McNary Dam.
Vineyards started to appear as we entered Washington’s wine region and the Yakima Valley where we tracked along at the side of the Yakima River until we reached the small wine producing town of Prosser.
Wine Country RV Park, our base for the next few days.
Peter and Suzan had passed by on the highway and arrived just before us. We were having a reunion, it was our first meeting since we parted in San Diego back in March. Since then they have been to Minnesota where they bought a shiny new Newmar Essex RV.
For dinner we went to the smart Wine O’clock Bar and Bistro, just a couple of miles away from the RV Park. We sat outside on the patio with a view over the garden and the golden coloured Horse Heaven Hills in the distance.
Tuesday 4th July
We got on our bikes and went into the nearby town of Prosser to see the 4th July celebrations.
The Yakima River.
The Kiddie Parade
Classic Car Show
Prosser City Park
The Little Miss Prosser Pageant
Wednesday 5th July
One of the neighbours, Ken from Kentucky with his peregrine falcon and Harris’s hawk.
Thursday 6th July
We headed north west along the valley to the Rattlesnake Hills and the Zillah wine making area. As well as wine the valley is a big fruit and hop producing area, cherries are the latest harvest.
Our first stop was the Severino tasting room which is in a traditional wooden farm house. A family owned winery, the vineyard was planted in 2005. Our host, Nikki, told us all about the operation and wines we were tasting.
A nice array of red wines.
Two Mountain Winery.
Time for lunch.