In Part 1, we visited beautiful Palouse Falls State Park, and Barry took a pretty amazing hike to get a closer look.
After leaving the park in the afternoon and heading south, we were relieved to see all the smoke from the morning wildfire had cleared out, presenting us with perfectly clear views of the Snake River as we passed over for the second time of the day. It's really shockingly beautiful and so dramatic.
Our drive back to Walla Walla took us through the charming small town of Dayton, WA with its beautifully restored historic downtown. We'd planned to stop for lunch, though this would be a late one: 3 pm by the time we actually ate.
But first, we walked up and down Main Street, checking it out and researching the restaurant options.
Here's the attractive Columbia County courthouse depicted in the Main Street flag above.
And a couple of nice murals.
We decided to eat at the Grain House Grill, a barbeque place. We were really hungry by this time, and that sounded so good. I thought the name was a bit odd for a place that served so many carnivorous specialties, but realized that it must refer to the historic use of the building itself.
It was charming inside, with exposed brick, lots of wood, and vintage-style lamp fixtures.
The pork BBQ was yummy, but we were surprised there was no extra sauce on the table -- very odd for a BBQ joint. And of course, no vinegar-based eastern North Carolina sauce would be in evidence here, even in the depths of the kitchen! But still, the pork was good as were the beans. Barry opted for a sandwich, while I went whole hog and ordered the platter. It was huge, so I took home a good portion of it for the next day's lunch.
I think Barry ordered a "light" lunch because he'd previously spied this bakery up the street. So after lunch, we walked up there for dessert.
I was too full to eat another bite so ordered a couple of cookies to take back with me.
Barry, though, went for the chocolate mousse cake. After his hike, he totally deserved it!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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