hellooooo washington!

July 15th

Although crossing the state line into Washington greeted us with a flat tire, we are glad to finally be here.  After leaving Idaho, we made a beeline for Spokane so we could get online and scout the next campground.  We found one that looked good and punched the coordinates into the TomTom.

Not sure what this is, but it's in Washington State!

Unfortunately, upon our arrival to the camp site, the sign read “road closed.”  This is a perfect example of whether or not to see the glass half empty or half full.  We got back on the road and tried to figure out where to go and what to do next.  We got off the highway at the next town to try and get online again and see what free campgrounds were close by.  We were in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express.  It was getting late.  We were hungry and tired.  Wait a minute.  We are in the parking lot of a hotel.  With beds.  And showers.  And probably a place to do laundry.

View off highway 90 towards Seattle

We decided to treat ourselves to a night in a hotel.  Although it was Super 8 and not the Holiday Inn, we feel like royalty right now.  We’ve both just had showers.  Our clothes are being washed as I write this.  We just filled our bellies with a delicious Mexican meal.  Food not from a can!  We are laying in bed with the dogs and watching tv.  It’s as if we just won the lottery!  Well worth the money we are paying.  What else could we ask for?  How ’bout free wifi, breakfast in the AM, and check out isn’t until noon.  We will be staying here until noon tomorrow and not one second earlier. And to think, if that campground had been open, we’d be sleeping in a tent right now, stinky and in the same clothes we wore yesterday.

Wind farm in Washington

So the next time you take a shower, or do your laundry, or sleep in your own bed… take a second to be grateful.  We certainly have a new appreciation for these things that will last long after our adventure is over.

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