Little Diamonds and Big Plates . . .

We headed out at 9:45 for the Little Diamond Thousand Trails Park about 245 miles away. It’s located in Newport, WA, about 40 miles north of Spokane.

And hopefully our visit to this park will include satellite TV, since Jan’s starting to go into withdrawal.

But we only got about 10 miles down the road on US-2 before we came to a screeching halt. Well, maybe not screeching, but my brakes did squeal a bit.

Turns out there was a rock slide blocking one lane so we had to wait a while. But at least we had some nice scenery to look at while we waited.

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Then right after we crossed the Columbia River at Wenatchee, it was like a whole different country, with lush valleys full of vineyards, apple orchards, and apricot trees. Talk about a change in scenery.

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And then it happened again. Right after we left Douglas, we climbed up on a high plateau where the road ran straight as an arrow due east, bracketed by green and yellow wheat fields as far as the eye could see.

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Then around Coulee City it happened again with canyons and hills like in New Mexico.

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And then back to rolling hills and farms again.

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Right outside of Spokane we got on I-90 for about 3 miles before exiting north right though downtown Spokane, At that point we were 40 miles from our park.

Driving through the city wasn’t bad, and about an hour later we were pulling into our park right outside of Newport, WA, which is only about 10 miles from the Idaho border.

It turns out this is a NACO park, and also a KOA park. Kinda different. We got checked in, parked the rig and unhooked the toad, and then drove around looking for a good site.

We found a nice one in a new area that had just opened. I don’t think anyone had ever stayed here before. We got parked and set up about 4:30, and then came the real test.

Satellite TV.

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But we had a clear view of the sky without too many trees so it worked perfectly. Jan said she was ‘giddy’.

About 5:30 we drove into Newport about 10 miles east to have dinner at Rancho Alegre, the one and only Mexican restaurant in town, on the recommendation of the lady who checked us in.

And boy was she right. The food was delicious and the portions were huge.

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I got a cup of tortilla soup as a appetizer, and it could have been the whole meal. I ended up taking almost all of it home.

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We got back home a little after 7 pm and settled in for the season premiere of some of our favorite shows: Rizzoli & Isles, Warehouse 13 and Eureka.

Life is good!


Thought for the Day:

“All progress is made by a lazy person looking for an easier way.” – Lazarus Long



2 Responses

  1. Howdy Greg,

    I’m glad you found a good TV spot.. You’re right that does look like parts of Mew Nexico; sure don’t look anything like West Texas. HaHa
    gotcha this time; I already ate breakfast, but that DOES LOOK SCRUMDIDLYICIOUS !!! I LOVE TORTILLA SOUP !!!
    Did you have time to fish in that beautiful river, while you were stopped? Thanx, for the ride-a-long…

    Smooth roads, clear skies & balmy breezes !!!!!!!!!

  2. Didn’t have time to fish. Besides the signs said you need a license.


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