I’m always on the hunt for inspiration and beauty. This past Memorial Day weekend my husband & I packed up the Jeep and headed out to the SE corner of Washington state in search of new vistas.

We were in awe of the contrast to the western side of the state, the expansive sky, agricultural charm, countless winding rivers, high elevation, happy cows, cowboys, size of modern day farm equipment(!), lack of Starbucks, dusty forgotten towns and dry landscape.

We spent our first night at Palouse State Park. A beautiful spot, and who knew– home to a powerful, breathtaking waterfall. We then made our way through the Palouse Scenic Byway, a highlight for the trip and highly recommended. The mix of rolling hills in golden & green (spring planted wheat is green this time of summer) waving in the wind and bluebird sky is gorgeous.

We stopped through Pullman, Walla Walla following the Lewis & Clark Trail, and Hanford. Mistakingly, we thought there was a visitors center. Well there isn’t.

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Mike at sunset, with 6 photographers 5 tripods behind him.

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La Crosse, Wa. Population?

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Verdant wheat fields.

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Super far southeast, near Oregon and the Grande Ronde River. Rattlesnake below!

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As per usual, I’ll inform you that I’m not a photographer at all. I do my best, but I don’t claim to take brochure quality shots. Just nice enough to get you inspired and to explore this area!