On the road in Central Washington | Ann Oxrieder | Still Life


In June my husband and I set out to explore Central Washington. It was the first road trip we’d taken in years.  I suppose three days qualifies for one of the shortest road trips on record, but some places don’t require a long stay, especially if the accommodations are…well…challenging.

We drove to Central Washington because that’s where my novel is set and I wanted to absorb local color. We’ve driven I-90 to Spokane many times, but beyond that never investigated any other parts of the region. I also wanted to understand a bit about the geology of the area.

The trip has already saved me from inserting multiple embarrassing factual errors into my book, but equally important, it gave me a picture of a part of our state I’d never seen, one that was unusual in its origins and quite beautiful.  If the cliffs had been red I’d have thought I was touring northern

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