Sage brush n mountains
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We cruised thru WA wine country Sunday. The vineyards will be over taking the apple orchards before long. Very pretty rolling hills with the grapes all lined up in straight rows. We did the wine tasting tour a couple of years ago so didn't make any stops this time. I didn't even think to take any pictures yet! I better get on the stick here. So far we have stuck to the main roads 82, then 84 at Hermiston, OR. We gassed up in Pendleton, OR and were pleasantly surprised to have gotten 16.5 miles to the gallon. Usually we run about 14/15. The only difference was not carrying a full tank of fresh water. You can bet that is what we will continue doing to verify if that makes a difference. The Blue Mountains Pass is one of my favorite. After the dry, sage brush and wheat fields of eastern WA and OR, the lush forested mountains are a real treat. We stayed in Baker City, OR for our second night out. We are pretty much following the old OR Trail so there is lots of history of the settlers. Baker City has quite a bit of gold mining history too.