My adventures and mis-adventures as I travel here and there

Lester: Washington’s Best Ghost Town

Ok, so my title is a liiiitle presumptuous, especially since I have yet to actually SEE Lester. But I do know where it is now and I’ve laid plans to be there just two weeks from today. I can’t wait and I’m now a little obsessed with this shell of a town.

I meant to leave at 9am on Tuesday from Walla Walla so I’d have two hours to find and explore Lester and still have my rental back to Oak Harbor by 5PM. Unfortunately, picking squash from my garden and loading all my freshly cleaned laundry into the truck took longer than I had anticipated- and also I was a little sad to leave- so by the time I actually pulled out of town it was more like 10am. As luck would have it, I entered the highway behind a long line of cars and trucks. Frustrating. But by taking advantage of my truck’s height I was able to do some grand passing maneuvers. I made it to the turnoff to Lester in good time, but I knew I only had one hour to tool around. I took exit 62 off of I-90 and proceeded to follow my carefully scribbled directions. My truck bumped and slid down narrow gravel roads along sharp drops and breathtaking vistas. Countless chipmunks nearly met their end beneath my skidding tires. I wasn’t sure if I was going the right way the entire time, though, because the forest service roads weren’t all marked well. I kept basically following the main gravel road, however, and eventually ended up at the gate where a sign declared that only foot traffic was allowed to pass (and that doesn’t include bikes). I thought this was probably the place I’d have to get out and start walking down the long dusty road to find Lester, but I had no idea how far it was and by then I’d been off the highway 45 minutes- way too long!

I reluctantly headed back, vowing to return another time. I am DETERMINED to find Lester! When I got back to Rosario I looked on Google maps again and saw that, yes, I had been within walking distance of Lester. One source says it’s a half mile walk and another source says it’s two miles so… we will see! Two weeks from today I will be done here at Rosario and plan to give it another try, this time with plenty of time to spare. I may even camp somewhere up there a night or two if I’m feeling extra adventurous.

Anyway, as soon as I have found my precious Lester, I will fill you in with details and pictures!

*NOTE: I have now seen Lester! Read the story here

Lester, WA

July 30, 2009 Posted by | Attractions, Ghost Towns, Travel, United States | , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

Where in the world am I?

Maybe someday I’ll get organized enough to write in this blog consistently. Man, this is really bad. I never even finished writing about Christmas vacation! I think I started some blogs but never finished them….

Anyway, that’s all old news now. So let’s talk about something timely. I’m living on the Puget Sound for the summer. Right on it. Yes, I am about the luckiest person in the world and I’m going to try to appreciate it as much as possible before the summer is over, which will unfortunately be in about 3 weeks….

Beautiful, isn't it?  This is what I get to look at every day!

Beautiful, isn't it? This is what I get to look at every day!

I live in a little cabin with one other student. We have a black and white cat. His name is Pleoh. I’m taking the last class of my life (at least I hope!): Phycology, the study of algae. I’m making beautiful algae presses for my collection, savory rosemary bread, and lasting memories. This beach is perhaps my favorite place on earth. I love the smell of the sea, the cool morning air, and the sound of the waves. Oh, may it never end.

This weekend I have reluctantly vacated my cabin dwelling to return home for a friend’s wedding. At 39 years of age, it is an exciting occasion for him. I’ve watched him in his valiant struggle to find the woman of his dreams and I could not be happier for him to have finally found someone as wonderful as she. I get to see my cat. And my roommates. My cat acts like she doesn’t care that I’m here, but I can see it in her face- she LOOOOOVES me! It’s so hot here. By the sea it’s a hot day if it gets above 80 degrees. So I’m hunkered down in my room with the drapes pulled attempting to keep from sweating…

I rented a car from Enterprise to drive down here. Wait, did I say car? I meant truck. I rented a truck. It’s all they had! The talked me into getting the insurance. I don’t know if it was worth it, but I was sure that as soon as I didn’t, I total the vehicle in a tragic accident and go deeply into debt paying for it. Not a pleasant thought. I got a very late start last night (another part of the Enterprise story) and got very sleepy about halfway here. I finally stopped at a rest stop and spent the night on the bench seat of my handy dandy truck. Despite my mother’s worst fears, I felt very safe. And I slept well.

This weekend I also have a job interview. Fingers are crossed. I really need the money.

I am planning to visit a ghost town -my last adventure passion- on the way back to the coast on Tuesday. That should be exciting so I will have to tell you about it. I want to find a buried treasure, but it’s probably only wishful thinking.

July 25, 2009 Posted by | Puget Sound, Travel, United States, Walla Walla | Leave a comment


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