Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Grace Lutheran Church, Mattawa, WA

The crowd at the Mexican Independance Day celebration in Mattawa.

Dancers getting ready to perform.




We headed for the pambasos stand.

One lady dips the bread rolls in some sort of red chile...

This lady fills the roll with either chicken or pork, shredded cabbage,...

Pambasos ready to eat!

Pambasos filling.

Stage at the fiesta

Children dancing in their traditional dresses.



Horse sculpture high on a mesa east of Vantage, WA

Folks climb up to the mesa for a closer look and then...

Wanapum Lake

Looking north at the Columbia River canyon.

(Ron Writing) This morning we had breakfast at Mike & Lois’s house. Mike was up real early doing some chores around the orchard and then he made some great omelettes. After breakfast we all went to the Grace Lutheran Church in Mattawa for morning worship. We enjoyed the fellowship at this small friendly church.

After church we went back to Lois & Mike’s place for pizza and a nice visit. After we said our goodbyes Elena and I drove back to Mattawa to check out the big Mexican Independence Day celebration. Mattawa is a predominantly Hispanic community and it seemed like almost the whole town was at the fiesta enjoying the food, music, and other entertainment.

We weren’t very hungry after our pizza but we noticed that one particular food booth seemed real popular. They were selling pambasos, which we’d never heard of, but they looked good so we purchased one and shared it. It was real good and I hope we find them again somewhere.

We watched some children performing some traditional dances before heading out. I think we were the only people there who could not speak Spanish!

We headed back north on WA243 and then I-90 east to the Wanapum Vista Viewpoint. Here we had a nice view of the Columbia River and Wanapum Lake to the west. On a mesa above this point is the monumental sculpture “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Horses”.

We continued on I-90 to WA 281 north to Quincy, WA and then WA-28 west to Wenatchee, WA. WA-28 follows the east bank of the Columbia River and provides some very nice views of the river valley.

We are spending the night parked at the Wenatchee Wally World.

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