Day 16 - Brigham City, UT
|Monday, August 28, 2023: We were up very early and checked out of the hotel by 5:15 AM. All of the buildings in the T-Mobile office complex were all lit up in purple.
|Breakfast was at the first open McDonald's that we came to and we were happy to see that they were using compostable straws, which we saw many times during our trip.
|The sun rose as we drove east through the mountains on I-90, ...
|... and then the mountains gave way to the plains when we neared Yakima.
|We arrived at our first stop just after 8:30 AM, driving into the town of Prosser, Washington, ...
|... and heading straight to the Chukar Cherries gift shop.
|We enjoy the Cherry Bombs assortment so much that we not only bought four boxes, each containing six bags, but we bought one more bag so that we could enjoy it immediately. It will probably be a while before we are back in this part of the country, so we needed to stock up. We looked forward to trying the pistachio and cherry pack that was included free with our purchase.
|Prosser has horse statues scattered around town, but this was the only one we photographed on this trip because we've photographed them all on previous trips, including this one.
|Rather than get right back on the highway, our route took us over country roads through beautiful farmland. We followed this truckload of onions for a good part of the way, enjoying the delicious smell and smiling every time an onion bounced out of the back of the truck and rolled to the side of the road.
|Welcome to Oregon!
|We passed this strange field filled with turf-covered concrete bunkers near the Umatillo Army Depot. What are they for? Your guess is as good as ours.
|Driving cheese! We snacked on some of the samples that had picked up six days ago at Tillamook Creamery, ...
|... until we could justify stopping for lunch at Taco Time.
|Debbie ordered a cilantro lime chicken bowl, Tom got a Big Juan burrito, and we shared a small bucket of tater tots.
|That's the Snake River over there, which means we are getting close to ...
|We drove southeast across the bottom part of Idaho where the farmland runs right up to the feet of the mountains.
|It's beautiful country out here.
|Around 5:30 PM, we pulled into a rest area where Debbie said, "We have to be getting close to Utah." Sure enough, the map in the rest area confirmed that we were indeed very close.
|A few minutes later, we were crossing the border. The image on the welcome sign reminded us that Golden Spike National Historic Site was not far from here.
|The fields of gold wildflowers along the side of the road were beautiful, ...
|... as were the mountains.
|We saw Brigham City's gleaming white Mormon temple in the distance, ...
|... and got our first sight of the Great Salt Lake ...
|... as we neared Perry, Utah.
|Just after 7:00 PM, we arrived at the Brigham City/Perry KOA, which was our destination for today. We had reserved a cabin for tonight's stay, and after parking the van in the limited shade, we headed inside to stretch out and relax after our long drive.
|Dinner was freeze-dried beef stroganoff with mushrooms, ...
|... with a side of the season three finale of "The Masked Singer."
|We took several trips to the bathroom by the light of the full moon.
|What a gorgeous sunset.
|By 9:30 PM, we were exhausted and couldn't stay awake any longer. Tomorrow would be another long day of driving, and we would be getting another early start.
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