The Columbia Plateau Trail remains undeveloped south of Martin Road near Sprague, Washington. I have tried hiking and mountain biking on this section that is rough from the chunky basalt that makes up the bed. I decided to try again with this covering of snow that cushioned around the rocks and made walking easier. This section of the trail will someday be smoothed with gravel to make it usable. Then you will be able to bike all the way from Spokane to Tri-Cities perhaps with a couple of campgrounds. It remains abandoned for now. The hawks and owls had some company today, however.
As I was leaving the house Christmas morning I spotted our neighborhood young bull moose just off the road. I paused in the middle of the road and waited. He walked right in front of the car and I took a great video but apparently blogspot wont let you post videos. It was just like the opening for Northern Exposure.
I made good time to Mt. Spokane and tried out my new cross-country skis on good snow conditions for a change.
I grew up out in the country with fields and woods to explore in Western New York. In 1979 I graduated from SUNY@Buffalo with a degree in Physical Therapy which is a great profession and truely rewarding! I fell in love with and in New Mexico during one of my clinical rotations and still consider it my second home. My wife and I decided to relocate to the NW where we have been ever since.