Daniel and I awoke this morning to an overcast sky. Clouds shrouded Lake Easton and droplets of fog filled the air. I shivered as I dug extra layers out of the Rialta to keep warm.
But the cloudy weather did not last. Shortly after hitting the road again, the clouds gave way to sunny skies. The landscape also changed from the forests and craggy mountains of Snoqualmie Pass to the dry windy deserts of Central Washington.
Gingko Petrified Forest State Park
The highlight of the day was a visit to Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. Perched on the shoreline above the Columbia River, the park offers spectacular views of the entire Columbia River valley and beyond. The park also has a fascinating collection of petrified trees which were buried under volcanic ash millions of years ago.
Gingko Gem Shop
On our way to the Petrified Forest State Park, we passed a shop with a kitschy ensemble of dinosaurs statues out front. So, of course we had to stop. This was the Gingko Gem Shop, which apparently sells souvenirs along with a selection of petrified wood and various gems. I didn’t go inside and contented myself with admiring the kitschy menagerie from the outside.
Riverside State Park
We spent the rest of the afternoon driving across the state of Washington. It’s long, boring drive once you cross the Columbia River. In the evening, we set up camp at Riverside State Park near Spokane. The camp spots are a little crowded together but the view overlooking the Spokane River is lovely.
Where are we now?
Date: Wednesday July 7, 2020
Great American Road Trip Status: Day 2
Starting Location: Lake Easton State Park, WA
Ending Location: Riverside State Park, WA
Miles Today: 205.4
Total Trip Mileage: 335.9
For more details on our vagabonding journey and our Great America (Socially Distanced) Road Trip, see my previous posts:
- Great America Road Trip Day 1: La Conner to Lake Easton State Park
- Turning the Rialta into a Home
- Buyer Beware: The Misadventures of Purchasing a Motorhome on Craigslist
- How We Spent April and May 2020 During the Coronavirus Pandemic