Saturday, September 7, 2013

Washington State Route 241

On Friday and Saturday, August 30-31, 2013, we drove north across the lower Yakima Valley for the length of Washington Highway 241.

RCW 47.17.460
State route No. 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.

SR 241 @ SR 22
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.

SR 241 @ I-82
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-Saƫns' 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 @ SR 24
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.

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