For about a year, I have wanted to take Mom to see her brother in Montana. The end of the school travel itch provided the opportunity for me to finally do it. The next few entries in this blog will be a chronicle of the trip, particularly for the benefit of my family who are curious how Mom will enjoy the trip. After bowls of oatmeal and prunes at Meadow Green, Mom and I were off on our adventure. Western Washington said goodbye to us with cool showers, as we made our way up the North Cascades highway. Mom definitely enjoys music as we drive, and would only tolerate one Mark Driscoll sermon. I had decided to take Hwy 20 all the way across the state, since it had been a long time since I had been on some portions. Mom enjoyed the morning drive, while continuing to remind me that she is ‘not allowed to drive out of Lynden.’ Crossing Washington Pass brought us into the sunshine and warmth of Eastern Washington. We stopped in Winthrop for lunch. then had a beautiful drive through the Okanogan Highlands: Omak, Tonasket, Republic, Kettle Falls and Colville. We are staying in the Holiday Inn Express, close to Riverfront Park in Spokane. Tonight we enjoyed a walk through the park and dinner at Aztecas. Mom seems to have enjoyed the day and is anticipating seeing her brother tomorrow.