Then we crested the pass and began our descent into eastern WA (ok, ok, CENTRAL WA, if you want to be picky about it, whatever). The air began to be warmer, and warmer, and warmer, and ok, it was freaking HOT, the wind was hot, the sun was hot, the Things and I began to think to lose our will to live.
It got hotter.
By the time we got to Winthrop, it was well over 100 degrees.
At Winthrop though, a light shone from heaven, the voices of angels were heard, and this, this rapturous piece of equipment came into my knowledge and then immediately into my possession.
This my friends, is a personal mister. Fill it with water, pump the bottom and a fine mist of cool water can be gently sprayed across your superheated, nearly volcanically hot skin, suddenly restoring the will to live.
After the discovery of this marvel of modern life we felt we could manage one more stop before pushing on to our stop for the day (with a POOOOOOOL!!)
We went to a fish hatchery.
After seeing the baby fish we went out to the pond where you can throw kibbles to the big guys.
Some of them are pretty impressively large and agressive. One of the guys also unlocked the entrance to the salmon area so we got to see them as well. It was very awesome.
We also got to see some beavers who were hanging out there as part of a pilot program which removed beavers from areas where they are considered a nuisance and moves them upstream to areas that benefit from dam activity, to preserve wetlands and such.
We were there while the biologists from the dept. of wildlife came through to give the beavers some fresh aspen to gnaw. They let Thing One help a little.
All in all it was a good stop, thank you personal mister, for making it possible!
When we stopped at Twisp for gas it was 110 degrees and I was officially in my own personal version of hell.
After arriving at our hotel I draped myself across the air conditioner until frostbitten and then took the Things to the pool for a couple hours.
We decided at the last minute to bring the laptop, so between the constant internet connection and my personal mister, I may somehow pull through this trip. :p