On Saturday, August 11, 2012, we drove Washington State Route 206, across the farms and up the mountain.
State route No. 206:
A state highway to be known as state route number 206 is established as follows:
Beginning at a junction with state route number 2 in the vicinity north of Mead, thence northeasterly to the entrance to Mt. Spokane State Park.
With our backs to the Mead airport at a junction with US 2, our drive begins.
We quickly enter the farmland of the Peone Prairie, passing Mount Spokane High School, built where the land is cheap. A couple miles in, we circle a roundabout, which seems to confuse some drivers in this area. Who has the right-of-way now? The driver in the roundabout? Are you sure? ...Before long, the highway starts curving northward and we begin following Deadman Creek upstream. The photo above is at the approximate halfway point of the drive.
As we curve up the valley, the speed limit is 35, but the road could probably be driven at 55 with slower corners -- if not for the driveways along the highway. At 35, the road is a very leisurely drive. Shortly after Bear Creek Lodge, we reach the entrance to Mount Spokane State Park and thus the end of SR 206. From here on up, it's the park's road.
Well, that was a quick, quiet drive.