Road Trip to Omak, Washington

When getting to know people, I think it’s important to see where they came from and where they grew up. Hearing about a place and actually seeing a place are two totally different things, and I was very excited to show Pete my hometown.

Pete turned to me in the car as we drove through Kennewick and asked, “Are we nearly there? How much further do we have to go?”

I replied, “We’re not even halfway there yet. We’ve still got about four more hours to go.”

He exclaimed, “Where the heck do your parents live?!”

The trek from Portland, Oregon to Omak, Washington is long — about 8 hours by car long. Google Maps says that it’s about 400 miles from point A to point B, and let me tell you that you feel every single one of those miles when you’re driving. Although the drive is lengthy, it’s quite beautiful; you drive through the Columbia River Gorge, past the agricultural fields of Kennewick, and along the east side of the North Cascades Mountain Range. It’s one of my favorite drives, as the scenery is so different and varied.


The weather in Central and Eastern Washington is quite different from the weather on the Coast. It’s got a high desert climate and we experience all four seasons in Omak. We had perfect early summer weather during our visit; the days were warm, the sun shone brightly, and the nights were filled with board games and catching up with each other. We went to nearby Winthrop in the Methow Valley for some lunch and beers along the river, and played tourist as we walked around.

Winthrop Cowboys

Winthrop Pete and Mary

Winthrop Mom and Mary

On our way back home, we took a different route and drove through the noteworthy town of Leavenworth. This Bavarian-style town is one of my favorite places to visit in Washington. I’ve been there numerous times and love the outdoor backdrop; it’s nestled at the base of the Cascades, with the Icicle River running through the center of town, and it was a treat to mosey down the street hand-in-hand with Pete.

Image credits: Top – Google Maps; all others – Jet Set With Mary

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