Wednesday, September 13, 2006

By George, Washington

Whitefish, Mont., to Packwood, Wash., at the base of Mt. Ranier. 546 miles. A long day.

We took a break at George, Washington, just east of the Cascades. The name was irresistible.

The small visitor center was closed. This is a summer place, good for rodeos and agricultural celebrations.

Even in summer, this town of about 500 is probably struggling. Two gas stations, two Mexican eateries, an espresso station, liquor store and Subway make up the bulk of the commercial establishments. Martha Inn, a family-style restaurant, is up for sale.

Still, you gotta love the name.

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