On Friday and Saturday, August 30-31, 2013, we drove north across the lower Yakima Valley for the length of Washington Highway 241.
A state highway to be known as state route number 241 is established as follows:
Beginning at a junction with state route number 22 in Mabton, thence northerly and northeasterly by way of Sunnyside to a junction with state route number 24.
On Boundary Road, with the Yakama Indian reservation to our left and the small city of Mabton to our right, SR 241 begins at this junction with SR 22.
The highway turns due north, crosses the Yakima River, and keeps going north. We pass through fields of hops, grapes, corn, and fallow dirt, listening to Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3. Before the song is over, a four-way stop. Sunnyside is straight ahead, but Highway 241 turns right. The freeway is in sight. A mile later, another four-way stop. We turn left and arrive at the interchange with I-82.
SR 241 doesn't visit Sunnyside, but we did. The highway heads north across the farms, up toward a gap in the ridge. After crossing the Roza Canal, we enter the golden rangeland of the Rattlesnake Hills. Over the pass, into the Dry Creek valley, we see a few farms. Green weeds hug the fog line. We're quickly at SR 24 and the road is over.
A pleasant morning drive, I'd say, even though we did the first third in the evening.