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A Country Drive with Dad

Saturday, we had blue skies and sunshine.  Dad wanted to visit the ghost towns, so we packed up lunch, snacks and water and took a road trip.

Dad

I’ve posted about some of the ghost towns before, so I’ll give you wildflowers.  The hillsides were in full bloom this day and were lovely to behold.

Thistle

Thistle

Mullien

Aster

Indian Paintbrush

Fireweed

Clicking on the photos will not only give you a larger view, but also the name of the flowers.

Wagon Wheel

Homestead Gate

This fella was also out and about, enjoying the beautiful day!

Western Rattlesnake

To see posts on Old Molson Ghost Town, click here, here, here, here and here.

To see other ghost town posts, put ‘ghost town’ in the search bar on my blog.

Palouse Falls

Hubby had a fabulous idea for another impulsive day trip.  We called Dad to see if he’d like to come, packed up our lunch and headed south to Palouse Falls State Park.

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls is a scenic gem that is nearly hidden in the scablands and canyons of southeastern Washington State.  It you want to visit a place that is off the beaten path, then this is the place for you.

Palouse Falls

There are many hiking trails and it is possible to hike to the bottom of the waterfall, or up around the top, or even behind the waterfall where the Palouse River cuts through the scabland.  Some trails are paved, many are not.  Rock climbing is allowed here too.

Palouse Falls Marmots

The falls plunge 186 feet and, incredibly, you don’t see it until you are nearly on top of it.

Palouse Falls

The orange that you see in the photos are rock climbers.

Palouse Falls

We were treated to gentle rain showers on our visit, and we had a very pleasant day.  I’m proud of my Dad; he’s in his 80’s and recently had knee replacement surgery.  Yet, he’s out here hiking!  I really do come from great stock!

Palouse Falls Dad

The Palouse River behind the falls:

Palouse Falls

Up on a plateau:

Palouse Falls

On the way home, we visited Steptoe Butte State Park.  The butte is an unexpected height reigning over a sea of agricultural land.  It is named for Edward Steptoe, a colonel in the US Army, who, in May of 1858, was defeated by 1000 Indian warriors in a battle near here.

Steptoe Butte

Steptoe Butte  is a great place for kite flying, hang gliding, picnicking and just taking in the view.

Steptoe Butte

Serene.

Clicking on a photo will give you a larger look.

Old Molson Ghost Town – Part Five

This post concludes our little road trip.  I hope you have enjoyed it!

For Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One, click here.

I should think it was bad enough to have to crank your car to get going, but the tractors too!

Crank Tractor

Crank Tractor 2

Steam Threshing Machine

Front of Threshing Machine

Saloon

Crank Tractor 3

This is the office for you…if you’d like to be a resident ghost in Molson:

Real Estate Office

Story of Molson

By the way, clicking on any photo will show an enlarged photo, and my attempts at identifying what we are looking at.

Old Molson Ghost Town – Part Four

For Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One, click here.

Buckboard

Steam Machinery

Carriage

Wagon Wheel

Horse Propelled Hay Baler

Stove Cooktop

Take note, youngins; you must provide the heat for this oven.

Oven

I think this is one wicked cool power saw!

Power Saw

Power Saw Driving Mechanism

By the way, clicking on any photo will show an enlarged photo, and my attempts at identifying what we are looking at.

Old Molson Ghost Town – Part Three

For Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One, click here.

Press?

Corn Planter

You will see this eagle on a piece of equipment in Friday’s blog post:

Machine Advertisement

Horse Drawn Farm Equipment

Tiller

Sometimes, okay…most of the time, I don’t know what I’m looking at.  Some things have a sign on them; most do not.  But I recognize the grass mower.  I used a similar one to mow my Papa’s grass.  I could say, “Oh my gosh!  I’m old enough to not only recognize a piece of equipment here, but to actually have used one!”

I prefer to say, “I’m so smart, I can correctly identify a piece of equipment here.”

Grass Mower

By the way, clicking on any photo will show an enlarged photo, and my attempts at identifying what we are looking at.

Old Molson Ghost Town – Part Two

For Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One, click here.

Assay Office

Mining Tools

Mining Tools 2

Old Molson Bank

Old Molson Bank 2

Bank Typewriter

Bank Safe

Printing Press

Newspaper Advertisement

Clicking on any photo will show an enlarged photo.

Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One

Continuing on with our one day road trip, we come to Old Molson Ghost Town

Hubby and I were here, perhaps 20 years ago with our children, and it doesn’t look like anything has changed since then.  It is not touristy…no one was here when we visited then, and no one was here this day either.  There are no gift shops, no restaurants, etc.  This is a ghost town after all, folks!

It will be the last ghost town visit this day, but it is also very rich in history.  The town has been made into a museum, free to the public, and with a wealth of antiques that everyone is allowed to touch.  Except for a few smaller items, nothing is roped off.  The buildings are open, and the place is a great hands on educational experience for both the young and the old.

Old Molson Sign

Hubby and I took loads of photos, so the next few blog posts will be photos of farm and logging machinery, and a host of other tools and such.  Old Molson makes it fun and easy to imagine yourself as a miner, a logger, a cowboy, a farmer or a homesteader in days gone by.

Enjoy!

Clicking on any photo will show an enlarged photo.

Wagon Wheel

Wagon

Wagon 2

Shingle Mill/Law Office

Shingle Mill Tools

Law Office Wood Stove

Law Office

Reward Sign