Highway 2 ~ Grant and Douglas County

On our road trip to the Coast on June 12th from Lincoln County we moved into Grant for a few miles before heading into Douglas County.

I think this is Banks Lake.

Douglas General Store

Historic Douglas Church is getting a new front porch.

Douglas

Douglas is one of the oldest towns in the county. The town was platted in 1886 and entered the race for the county seat. In 1891 the general store burned down and it was by luck the fire didn’t destroy the whole town. 

The Great Northern Railway laid track across southern Douglas County in 1893. The line went through Douglas rather than Waterville, spurring growth in Douglas and prompting Waterville residents to build a five-mile branch line to connect with the Great Northern at Douglas.

Today Douglas is a small community on Highway 2.

Historic Douglas Church

The Douglas Church was dedicated in 1915 as St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and served the Douglas Community for some 53 years. It was closed in 1968 when the Waterville and Douglas Lutheran Congregations united in a newly built church in Waterville. 

The Douglas Church building remained unused and neglected until it was purchased by the Douglas Community Historical Association, in 2006. The non-profit initiated a complete restoration of the church building and it is currently used for weddings, family reunions and community events.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waterville

After Waterville we are heading downhill toward the Columbia River.

When we cross the Columbia River we enter into Chelan County and start our climb over the Cascade Mountain Range through Stevens Pass. I’ll share our views on our return trip from Chelan County, Douglas and Grant counties.

I came across this quote by Samuel Davies, 1755, from Grace Gems on The Justice of God and the Sins of our country. The language is 1755 but the conditions seem to be 2020.

“O my country, is not your wickedness great and your iniquities infinite? Where is there a more sinful spot to be found upon our guilty globe? Pass over the land , take a survey of the inhabitants, inspect into their conduct–And what do you see? What do you hear?

You see the gigantic forms of vice bedding defiance to the God of heaven- while true religion and virtue are forced to retire to avoid public contempt and insult.”

We had an amazing summer storm pass over our property yesterday afternoon. We were able to determine all the low spots on your property with mini rivers springing up. The rain came down so heavy for a period that our gutters just overflowed instead of directing the water to the downspouts. I won’t have to water for a few days…maybe even a week since we have more rain in the forecast for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday!

How’s the beginning of summer in your neck of the woods? We are experiencing some internet difficulty this morning. Google and Gmail are not loading or sending so I won’t be able to visit anyone till things get corrected.

A Good Start…

On Sunday afternoon of day 5 of the New Year Dear pipes up and says, “do you want to go out and take a walk?” I said, “let’s go while it’s still light and dry.”

2014-01-05 icyThe morning started in the 20’s and there was lots of frosty ice on the deck, roofs, lawn, and sidewalks so we bundled up before we headed out.

Not too much excitement here in the neighborhood to report but here are some things I took photos of…

P1040764Little varmints have been busy in the neighborhood. They sure were digging in a straight line!

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She did not fly south and she was squawking up a storm upon our approach. She was perched on the roof of an out building.

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By the time we got way up this hill I was breathing quite heavily and used the excuse to stop and take a photo of where we had come from and the view from the top to catch my breath. Those mountains are in the Cascade Mountain range.

P1040767The trees are in full winter mode. This weeping willow has so much character.

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We got home as the sun was setting and casting a wonderful glow onto the maple in our neighbor’s yard.

We really need to make walking a habit for this new year. We used to walk more regularly but have fallen way out of the habit. Do you walk regularly?

(I stayed up way too late watching the season 4 opening of Downton Abbey. I’m still hooked and very tired.)

Back in the Saddle Again…

…and if you had seen all the horses we saw you’d understand why I used that phrase after a very quick road trip to Eastern Washington and back!

We crossed the Cascade Mountain Range over Highway 2 and went through little sleepy towns like Sultan, Gold Bar, Skykomish before we reached Leavenworth on the east side of the range.

 

Leavenworth is a Bavarian town on the east slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range that attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year.

We haven’t had great experiences going to and from this little Bavarian town so we just stopped for a very short break before continuing east. We are happy to report this time we made it through the town going and coming without any major incident.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I forgot to show you the great little spot we stopped for breakfast before we crossed the mountains.

 

You’ll see this spot right on Highway 2 a little beyond Monroe, Washington. They bake their own bread and goodies.

 

Quite the tempting baked goods case!

 

We settled for a hearty breakfast. Look at the slices of that homemade bread!!

More from our trip later. Just wanted you to know we didn’t starve along the way. And here’s a little Gene Autry for you before you slip away…

I’m back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again

Ridin’ the range once more
Totin’ my old .44
Where you sleep out every night
And the only law is right
Back in the saddle again

Whoopi-ty-aye-oh
Rockin’ to and fro
Back in the saddle again
Whoopi-ty-aye-yay
I go my way
Back in the saddle again

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.