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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Steptoe Butte and the Washington Palouse 2-18-12

The Palouse Region

As you may have noticed by now, most of my recreational drive comes from the love of what I may find to photograph! Hiking into the Selkirks, exploring mines in the Cabinets, or slowely drifting along the shores of one of our many lakes; but there is one place that I LOVE for the pure simplicity of life - and that is the Washington Palouse!

Everything just seems to slow down on the Palouse. I don't know if it is just the harvesters and farm trucks driving slow over the fields, but it seems sometimes as if time just stands still. Tekoa, Washington is one of these towns, and I cannot help but feel as if the clock turned back 50+ years when I visit!

Old Cadillac in Tekoa, Washington
There are many small agricultural towns spread out between the hills. There are also many geographical wonders hidden within them as well, which adds to the excitement of what you may come across! Some of my favorite locations include:

Steptoe Butte
Kamiah Butte
Palouse Falls State Park
Oakesdale, Wa
Colfax, Wa
Tekoe, Wa
Garfield, Wa

Looking back towards Tekoe, Washington

Barn overlooking the Rolling Hills near Oakesdale, Washington
Makes you wonder what's in the barn, huh? I cannot help but gaze upon these old homesteads and wonder what secrets they hold. Imagine what memories were made, and what tears were cried. There is something magical about this area that pulls me to it during each of the changing seasons; whether it is the Geological forces that formed of the hills,  the historical importance of the battles fought over ownership of the land with the Native Americans, or the struggles the farming families that rest here experienced - I love the Palouse and I hold it dear to my heart.

Sunset from Steptoe Butte State Park