Our stop in the state of Washington was in a town in the northeastern region called Chewelah. This quaint town is surrounded by mountains, has really good locally-owned restaurants and best of all is the home of Peter and Kathy Roesler. We knew the Roeslers when the four of us lived in Arkansas. They returned to their home state of Washington and now own and operate a four-space RV park. Â It had been 18 years since we last saw Peter and Kathy so we spent six days reminiscing and breaking bread.
Before my visit to Chewelah, I had never had the privilege of having fresh cherries and raspberries at my disposal and enjoyed picking fruit from the Roesler’s raspberry bushes and cherry tree. I was not a fan of raspberries prior to experiencing them freshoff the bush. They taste soooo much better than the frozen or “store-fresh purchased varieties. I could not get enough of them.
Kathy also has a wonderful flower garden which she allowed me to play in. I miss my garden at home and it felt good to deadhead flowers and pull weeds. Speaking of weeds, Jim and I prepared a meal for the Roeslers using dandelion greens that were growing wild in their yard. Now I am sure they will never view those noxious weeds the same way! Peter and Kathy had roles in a movie that was being filmed in Chewelah and were filming while we were there. It was interesting to hear about the details of movie making over homemade meals prepared by Kathy and Peter.
Eating out with Peter and Kathy at the local restaurants was a real treat as well. We experienced homemade Italian food that was simply delicious at Mondo’s and a mahi fish dish prepared by a Polynesian-trained chef at Sporty’s. Excellent food at small-town prices!
Exploring the area was visually satisfying. The mountains are punctuated by the rapidly-moving Columbia river.
The architecture of some of the homes is very unique in that the exterior stairs are enclosed to preclude the need for snow removal. Practical, yes, but odd in appearance.
Anthony and Becca arrived just in time to have a farewell breakfast with us and give us some travel tips for our next destination.
So with the promise not to allow another 18 years to pass before visiting each other again, we departed for the Canadian border with high hopes of a smooth border crossing and loads of adventure with our northern neighbors.