Kennewick as a city does not entice a traveller; Kennewick Best Western Plus is a horse of a different color: super friendly, they even served guests complimentary dinner of soup and hot dogs. Premises are spacious, with nice furniture in rooms and in lobby/breakfast room. Our refrigerator was not working well, they... changed it! Installed a brand new one within 15 min. after I spoke to the reception desk! They also have a great (and warm - 80 degrees) swimming pool where you can actually swim laps... a swimming pool that does not stink of old chlorine...
I spent a blissful morning swimming in peace and solitude... Then - a fantastic breakfast ( I had to take a picture: waffles with freshly made strawberry jam, scrambled eggs and bacon, hashbrowns, uffins, etc.
I finished my breakfast with fresh grapefruit slices.
What was sorely lacking is tourist attractions. Even though the famous Kennewick man was discovered well, here, the remains are in Smithsonian. The small museum is supposed to have some amazing petrified trees floor - but the hours are 12 to 4 pm. Hardly helpful!
We left Kennewick at 11. The gusting wind chased us up the slopes of the approaching Rockies. Then the lightning soundlessly ripped the sky. And then torrents of rain came down from heavens like the great biblical deluge. I could barely see the road. I could not let my parents see how worried I was, so I just continued talking to them calmly, and gradually slowed down to 55 and changed to the right lane.
Passing cars were making it almost impossible to see, and the road that was steadily climbing was flowing with rundown waters. It felt as if we were swimming.... Then a brief respite, about an hour, past Powers in Oregon. We stopped at 2 o'clock at a rest area, but were forced to leave quickly because of the storm wind. The rain again caught up with us the minute we stepped into the car. The next hour I was again driving in a grey haze of rain, whipped up by the passing trucks into a dirty mist.
The rain left us on the border of Idaho. We crossed into a well tilled, beautifully laid out farmland, with fields of potatoes, wheat, corn, and sugar beats as far as your eye could see. Here everything looks cleaner, newer, more expensive then in Oregon. More traffic. Last 22 miles to Boise we drove on a 4 lane highway (one way, and 4 more the other way) in heavy traffic.
Boise met us with a dust storm. It settled don by night. We can't complain: we are staying at Hampton, and they have a salt water pool... Mom and I went for a splash...
I love these movies!
- The Fall, directed by Tarsem
- Amelie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jennet
- Lord of the Rings, directed by Peter Jackson
- Moulan Rouge, directed by Baz Luhrman
- Moonsoon Wedding, directed by Mira Nair
- Australia, directed by Baz Luhrman
- Despereately seeking Susan, directed by Susan Seidelman
- Miss Pettigrew lives for a day, directed by Bharat Nalluri
Favorite books and authors
- Boris Vassiliev, historical novels
- C.Cherryh, Morgaine Sagas
- Ch.Dickens, The Bleak House
- George Martin, The Chronicles of Ice and Fire
- Gregory Frost, Shadow Bridge novels
- Heinrich Mann, Henry the IV
- J.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
- Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma
- Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time
- Sir Thomas Mallory, Le Mort D'Artur
- Ted Williams, Green Angel Tower
- Terry Goodkind, Magician's First Rule and the following books in this saga
- Thomas Mann, Joseph and his Brothers