The Palouse: Amber Waves of Grain

Although I’ve traveled to many states and most recently worked in the state of Idaho, I was unfamiliar with an agricultural area known as The Palouse.  But when a colleague told me of a route that would take me through this scenic area, I jumped at the chance to see on the ground what I had seen from the air as our plane approached Spokane.

The Palouse as seen from Steptoe Butte

The Palouse as seen from Steptoe Butte

Traveling from Moscow, Idaho, I drove west through Pullman and then headed north on Highway 195 to Rosalia, Washington, passing through an area of unparalleled scenery — undulating hills, painted barns, and amber fields of wheat and lentils and quinoa. It’s a peaceful place of a little more than 200 miles once traversed by wagon trains and railways years ago. The Palouse now boasts the greatest concentration of wheat in America and over 30% of the world’s lentils.

I fell in love with the quiet, the occasional glimpses of tractors at work, and the landscape of curved, contrasting patches of light brown and dark brown, with waving grains in some areas, stubble left by the harvest in others, and a full sky complemented by puffy clouds and the occasional spinning blades of a wind farm on the horizon. May you, too, enjoy the journey as I saw it that day in The Palouse!

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This post is #18 for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) 2013.

12 thoughts on “The Palouse: Amber Waves of Grain

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    1. Rusha Sams

      You are so right! I wish I had been driving a four-wheel drive and had someone with me. I wanted to go down that road, but not alone. Sounds like life, right?

    1. Rusha Sams

      It really is. I’ve been through there twice now, but may get there again in December and February. Just may get a chance to see it in the snow!! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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