Lots of pie

We left the hotel in Missoula and continued on I-90, to get to Idaho around 100 miles further west, but already at the second exit, we met a sign telling that the interstate was blocked due to a traffic accident, and then we were led onto a road that went parallel to the freeway. We had to stay here for around 8 miles and along the way we passed the traffic accident. It turned out to be a big truck that had overturned across the interstate, and blocked it  completely. Fortunately, no-one appeared to be injured, but they were busy emptying the truck of goods and as it was done by hand so looked like it would take some time to clear the road.

When we got back on the interstate at the next access we continued through grassy hills, where it was once again cattle that dominated. Around the border of Idaho the landscape changed, the mountains got higher, and they were now overgrown by different kinds of conifers. It all seemed so very green, but maybe it was due to the rain that fell while we were on our way through the mountains. When we stopped at a rest area we once again saw a lot of the small rodents, which we had seen in Utah (Uintah chipmunk). At the border between Montana and Idaho, we changed time zone to Pacific time, and thus we earned an hour.

It was our second visit to Idaho, and if the first was short, this wasn't much longer. Idaho is quite narrow up north, and as we went through at the narrowest point, it were only about 65 miles on the interstate. Along the way we passed Look Out Pass, 4,775 feet above sea level, and we drove through Idaho's silver mining district, with towns such as Kellog, Silverton, Kingston, Pinehurst, Cataldo and Smelterville and all was located in the Silver Valley. This is also the case of Wallace, claiming to be both Center of The Universe and  "The World's Silver Capital".
The latter claim is raised by Taxco in Mexico, so who is right, I dare not say.

Mount Rainier in the distanceWe crossed the border to Washington shortly after the city of Coeur d'Alene, and thus ended our Idaho adventure for the time being, and we were back in the state where we started about three weeks earlier. Immediately after the border we left the mountains, and after Spokane, where we 'enjoyed' a bunch of road works on the freeway, it was grass prairie that characterized the surroundings of the interstate. As we got further west, we met, however, more and more cultivated land. We stopped in the town of Sprague, where we refueled and grabbed a bite to eat along the way. And then it was back to the interstate. Around the 1.30 pm we passed Moses Lake, where we originally had planned to stay for the night, but it was to early so we decided to continue all the way to Seattle. From a distance of around 125 miles we could see Mount Rainier. As we crossed the Columbia River near the town of Vantage, we made a brief stop and enjoyed the views of the rivers and on the gap we drove through. Here we read on a sign the story of the Wanapum Indians who had lived on the river. The Wanapum's was a very peaceful, religious tribe that lived mainly on fishing and was never in conflict with the whites. Therefore, no treaty was ever signed with them, and therefore they were never given a reservation. Today the tribes is practically exstinct.

After Ellensburg we drove up into the Wenatchee Mountains, and continued through several mountain passes before we began to descent to Seattle. In the town of Cedar Falls we left I-90 and continued on Washington Road 18 heading southwest, as we were not going into downtown Seattle, but to Sea-Tac, where our hotel was. The road then went through the small suburbs of Seattle, where the there were no signs, but we managed after all to find the hotel without too many problems, and at 4.30 we were back where we started the tour. We dragged our luggage out of the car, and it was the first time since we left the same hotel, the car was completely empty. All our "junk" (brochures, maps etc..) stacked in the back seat was removed and the cooler which had served us, if not well, then at least satisfactory, were placed next to a dumpster.
"The Moor has done his duty, the Moor can go" (Quote: Schiller).

When all was carried up, we relaxed for a few hours, and then we went out to have dinner. We actually wanted to eat at a Tony Roma's which according to the hotel's own brochure should be close by, but no one at the hotel seemed to know where it was located. The best route description we thought that we got from an Indian or Pakistani limousine driver, but either he didn't know it, or we had misunderstood something, as we followed his directions in vain. Finally, we changed out minds and had dinner Shari's Cafe and Pies that we happened to drive by. The restaurants in this chain is more cafe-like than Tony Roma's, but still OK. I had some fried fish with grilled  prawns and Dorte a T-bone steak, which she had been talking about for the whole trip. The place was known for their pies, so the waitress asked if we would end the meal with a piece of pie. As we had to decline, she asked instead if we would like some pie to take home. We said yes, so we could have a piece with our coffee later and selected pie with mixed berries. It turned out that she brought us a whole pie - and so we had to explain that we stayed at the hotel so we did not have access to knives, etc. No problem, she said, and cut the pie in pieces, and put both knives, forks, spoons and napkins in the bag. Back at the hotel we brought coffee from the front desk, and when reached the room, we opened the box of pie, and found that she had cut it into 5 pieces. We started to share one of these fifths between us - but that was all we managed and we left the rest at the hotel room, when we left next morning. But we were also both well fed and tired after a very long drive.

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