The route westward from Coeur d' Alene quickly left the mountains behind in favor of mostly arid flatland, dotted with scrub brush or, in those areas with irrigation, various grain crops. It reminded me of the badlands of Texas, except the dust devils here in Washington were bigger than those we see back home. I'm trying to think of something positive to write about this drive, but I'm not coming up with anything. It was, in a word, boring.
Kennewick is one of three cities in the vicinity, the others being Pasco and Richland, built as they are along the mighty Columbia River. The towns are not terribly picturesque and, compared to Coeur d' Alene, they are pretty sleepy in terms of night life (or even day life). An exception is Richland, where they are revitalizing downtown to a degree with quaint shopping areas that are more easily accessible. Some night life is beginning to show up, and some sort of festival was going on when we were there.
Perhaps most notable about the area is its proximity to the Hanford Nuclear facility. Plutonium mined from the area actually went into making the atomic bombs that exploded at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Naturally, we had to try a local restaurant for an early dinner, so we took advantage of a suggestion made by Bill Joyce, one of our readers, who bragged about the Greek Islands restaurant. Since it is far more valuable to get a personal recommendation from someone, we were delighted to hear from him. Even better, we had to try it, and his recommendations were spot-on accurate.
|The Greek Islands Restaurant in Richland , WA. Thanks, Bill, for the recommendation|
In the photo below, I am having a gyro, and Sandy is having the chicken souvlaki, both with excellent salads. Delicious! (I shamelessly stole bites of her souvlaki.) It goes on the favorites list for sure! Thank you, Bill, for your recommendation!
Tomorrow, we'll arrive in Portland, where we'll stay for a few days before continuing on to Seattle. Stay tuned!
Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; please forgive me if I do not appreciate it enough each day.