When in Walla Walla

July 13, 2016

walla dogI really like My Loving Spouse.  His driving job takes him away from home a tad more than we like, but we are determined to make the best of it.  Summer is here and I am out of school (small happy dance).  I cannot join the bus he is driving, but if they stay in one place long enough, I can join them when they stop.  Driving the Yakima Pippins Baseball team to their away games, put My Loving Spouse in Walla Walla, Washington and I was ready for a mini-break.

I arrived in the afternoon so we had a few hours to explore.  We walked down Main Street with a plethora of wine tasting rooms at our disposal.  Being the mature folks we are, the first shop we entered was…Inland Octopus!walla toy storeIt is hard to walk past a great toy store!  We snagged a few things for THE Grandson’s birthday.  We might have even played with a few wind up toys.  If you are in WW, you need to come in here, quality toys and free gift wrapping.walla toy store (1)With the important things out-of-the-way, we did enter a tasting room.  Henry Earl had the ugliest furniture I have ever seen, but the staff was delightful and the wine…was sort of yummy.  I was the only one tasting wine as My Loving Spouse would be driving shortly, but half of wine tasting is chatting and he excels at chatting.  We got great advice about other things to see and do while in WW.  So when you are traveling it is a good thing to drink wine.walla wineKlickers is a one of a kind antique, fruit stand, ice cream, meat and cheese counter family owned business.  Antiques tucked into every corner and cubby, worn floors a front door that slams shut with a welcoming thud.  I was too enthralled to take many pictures.  If you are in WW, you should stop by just for fun and enjoy a store that could never be a chain…walla klickersWe were then off to the ball game!  The Pippins were playing the Walla Walla Sweets!  Talented baseball in a fun atmosphere.  An electronic score board, but an old hand changed scoreboard as well, with the face of the score changer seen through the last empty slot in the board.walla pippensTo say nothing of the WW Sweets mascot…walla sweetsToward the end of the game, small children were seen with large trash bags.  They were roaming the stands for trash and helping to clean up.  I could not quite figure out what was going on until I saw the same children coming back without their trash bags, but with large Otter Pops.  The power of the Otter Pop!  What a great, simple and effective method of assisting in clean up.

WW’s farmer’s market was an absolute delight.  walla farmerWhat I enjoy most about Farmer’s markets is originality and real farmers.  This one offered both!walla ironThe iron worker complete with anvil was fun to watch…walla iron makerFlowers…walla farm flowers…and of course Walla Walla Sweet Onions!walla sweetAfter that, My Loving Spouse was back to work and I was set to drive back home.  I just had one more stop to make…promising to only buy what I ‘needed’.walla quiltAmazing how much relaxing can be found in a 24 hour get away…but I believe we did it!walla me…and I am blessed.

  • Diane

    Walla Walla has so much to offer! What a hoot! Glad you are doing some relaxing and doing it with your Loving Spouse! Congratulations on GRANDchild number 2!!!

  • madeleine

    Always love your posts and all the pics….makes me feel like I’m experiencing it right there with you! Sigh….now I’m relaxed too…

  • Miriam

    What a perfectly lovely 24 hour vacation! So glad you are getting recharged! Do more of it.

  • Christa Peitzman

    Atta girl!!! Excellent self care!! That looked like my kind of 24 hours!!!! XXOO

    • It was certainly YOUR kind of 24 hours, complete with the wine in the plastic hotel glass! Ha!

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