Saturday, September 14, 2013

Spokane ahead...

Hills after leaving Leavenworth, WA
Next stop on the Journey is the wonderful city of Spokane, WA, located in Eastern, WA just spitting distance from the Idaho border.  My destination was actually in Spokane Valley, WA.  The locals would probably crucify me, but tend to think of them as the same area.

Small Main St type of town
A large lake along Route 2
On the way here, from Leavenworth, WA, drove Route 2 east-bound and it was a very nice trip through farm country, and some quaint little towns where Route 2 was the typical main street as seen in photographs, lots of charming shops and restaurants.  Didn't stop at any of them.

One thing I learned from this experience is that traveling in an RV is definitely not as fast as other forms of transport, such as a car.  It blew past my estimate traveling here.

Stayed at Eagles Aerie #2 for one night, traveling through Spokane during rush hour as everyone is on their way home, not a good thing in noisy diesel rig.  Then headed over to Spokane Valley Eagles as that is right around the block from my destination the last couple of days, more on that soon.

People have met are great and awesome!

Now, a quick rant....

Dead fields to left and right
I took a permaculture course and know everything (guffaws), or at least enough to know what's alive and not so alive.  As was driving along Route 2 drove through all the farm fields where everything is flat and plowed and flat and plowed and flat and...  You get the idea.  Nothing should grow here.

Don't get me wrong, the farmers do their best with the knowledge they're given and am sure they pour their heart and soul into the rough life of a modern farmer.  If more Americans knew what I saw, with the limited knowledge I know about proper growing, am sure they would find it very disheartening to see the conditions in which our food is grown.  Am sure this even includes some of the stuff that goes into Twinkies, not that Twinkies are wholesome, but get the idea.  It is saddening, and maddening to me.

The fields really did look dead and decrepit.  There were couple farmers plowing the fields and could see the plume of dust from several miles away, as the soil was so dry it was just blowing off into the wind as the plow worked it's magic, taking the few nutrients (if any) left out.

From the road the soil didn't look inviting, just dead, cracked, chalky, and simply lifeless.

IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) this is definitely not a sustainable way of feeding a nation wholesome and nutritious food... No wonder we need sick, a.k.a. "health", care so much..  Our bodies can't get the nutrients it needs anymore.

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