On Sunday, July 3, 2011, we drove Washington State Route 127 ... down to the Snake and across the Palouse.
State route No. 127:
A state highway to be known as state route number 127 is established as follows:
Beginning at a junction with state route number 12 in the vicinity of Dodge, thence northerly to a junction with state route number 26 in the vicinity of Dusty.
If you're not paying attention while driving US Highway 12 eastward, you might just end up heading north on SR 127 without realizing it. Here near a minimal rest area, US 12 exits to the right. Highway 127 begins straight ahead.
We curve up over Dodge Hill, down New York Gulch, up again, down down down again, and we're flying over the Snake River. Watch out for pedestrians on the bridge! The Central Ferry Park is closed. How sad. Climbing the hill north of the river, we reach the halfway point on SR 127, pictured above.
Up up up we go, till we're atop the hills. The wheat whips like ocean waves in the wind. Descending slightly, we cruise down Alkali Flat Creek's valley toward the town of Dusty. Just before the trees of town, SR 127 reaches its end, at this intersection with SR 26. Which way to turn? Seattle or Spokane? UW or WSU?
A peaceful drive through the countryside. Green and golden hills of grain. Giant river below.