In the third and final installment of the "From The - To The" series, we
have left the sunfiled and adventuresome state of California to travel north to the abundant farmland valley and prairies of southwest Washington State. The cities of Grandview, Richland and Pasco to be exact.
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Each year when we return home to Oregon after our month long escape from the rainy season, we unpack, wash clothes,
take care of business and in general regroup. Then we repack our bags and head north to our youngest daughter's home in the dry and arid farmland valley of Grandview, Washington for about 10 days. We
go in May because it gets very hot there beginning in June and stays hot all summer until Fall. Way too hot for us! Probably why they are famous for Watermelon. A perfectly HOT growing environment. In May, it's beautiful with mild warm days and cool nights.
DD's son, our 3# Grandson was graduating from High School and there was to be a family shindig.
Papa Orange, Nate & me, a very proud Grandma
(please indulge me.... I'm showing off here!)
Nate with his proud parents! That is DD Lisa,
4 year Breast Cancer Survivor
Words of wisdom from Papa Orange for the College Bound Nate!
About a year ago, our oldest son's boy, our #1 Grandson moved to the Prairie lands of Richland, Washington which is
about 40 miles from his Aunt Lisa. He had just gotten engaged so we were very excited to see him while we were in Washington and our Granddaughter-in-law to be. It
was going to be a two-fer.
Okay! I know, I'm showing off again!
That's Jordan and Laura at their wedding just last month in September!
I'm sorry, I can't help myself!
In December 2012 I met Deb, aka Bikerfamily, at Baking Nana's Christmas Party. (which by
the way is a ton of fun. If you are able, put this event on your calendar. I believe this year, it's on December 7th) Anyway, Deb and I chatted and visited and of course we hit it off splendidly. We discovered we were both from the PNW; she in WA, me in OR.
Deb lives in Moses Lake, WA. We made promises right then and there at Penny's, that when I came to Washington for our annual visit to DD's, I would let her know and if it was at all possible, she and I would hook-up for a visit. AR Peeps are always plotting
and planning their next hook-up! And, that's exactly what we did. We met between Moses Lake and Richland in the little teeny tiny area in the Prairie lands of Pasco at a most wonderful place called the "Country Mercantile." There is nothing else there, just
the Mercantile off Hwy 395.
The Country Mercantile
Inside the Mercantile...
Surrounded by Farmland,
You could shop for days
There is a Deli in the Mercantile and the food is awesome!
Deb and Orange & I ate lunch and visited and got to know one another. I'm
telling you, she is one of THE most interesting people ever. I just couldn't get enough of her telling me about herself, her family and her job! Let me share with you just a tad bit about this amazing woman.
Besides being a wife and mother and former Biker Chick, she is also a
Power Plant Operator at a 1,000 MegaWatt Dam on the Columbia River. This woman runs a DAM!!! She starts and stops the generators, opens and closes the spillway gates, maintains power throughout the entire plant itself and maintains the Fish Ladder Operation.
But, most importantly, she write clearances that keep the craftspeople (electricians and mechanics, etc) safe while they perform maintenance and/or repairs to the generators/turbines.
This means she has to be and keep familiar with every system in the plant. Wow! I don't think I could ever be that on-the-ball! And, I would never want to be responsible for all she has to be responsible for. Isn't that just the coolest thing ever.
I just love meeting and getting to know the different and wonderful folks who hang out
on the AR Cooking Site. Whoddathunk? She is so so so smart. And, sweet and kind too. Oh yes, and she cooks! Holy Moly!
After lunch, we made our way through the Mercantile. I
love to shop there. It's also a great place to buy Christmas Gifts.
Check out their online store.
Deb & Orange meandering through the jams and jellies!
I see Deb has the coveted jar of Walla Walla Sweet Onion Salad Dressing.
I love that stuff and purchase at least 6 every time I'm there.
Orange looks like he's found something too!
And, as if that is not enough, she had another very important job before this one.
See if you can tell what Deb did before her career running Dams!
Below is hint! Can you quess?
We had an amazing time and I can't wait until we meet up again. If you ever get the chance, treat yourself spending time with our Bikerfamily
Deb. Thank you Deb for taking the time to drive all the way to Pasco from Moses Lake to spend the afternoon with DH and myself. It is time I will treasure for a long time to come. Until we meet again........
I would also like to once again thank the people I've meet and become friends with through this Awesome Cooking Site we all love so
much. You've enhanced my life, expanded my horizons and taught me more than you'll ever know. I feel blessed and humbled by you all.
Lastly, a big Thank You to Allrecipes for providing this venue for all of us home cooks across
the globe to unite for the common love of cooking! Well Done!