Our stay in Walla Walla, WA has been rather amazing. The first reason is Cay Craig, a woman that Cathie went to high school with, who invited us into her and her husband Bob’s home. While Cathie and Cay have been in contact via Facebook for a few years, it is the first time they have seen each other since 1969! She is a wonderful person living in a beautiful craftsman like house built in 1901. She is also a practicing biologist with interesting stories of her work in various far flung locations – Madagascar being one of the most far flung.
Walla Walla was not what I expected for eastern Washington. True, Whitman College is here, as well as Walla Walla University, both of which probably contribute to the feel of the place. Cathie thinks Walla Walla is like a little Ft. Collins. The downtown has almost a 1950s, 1960s ambience to it. Main St has a Macys and Sears. No mall for these two. There are a lot of places to eat and coffee shops in addition to the ubiquitous Starbucks. This aspect almost gave it a College Ave, Berkeley vibe.
Cay lives on Palouse St. As I mentioned above, it is a large craftsman style place with a stunning yard. Did I mention that there is a small creek running along the property line? It has a fictional feel to it, like something dreamed up and put in a story.
Palouse St is full of large houses with large trees lining the roadway. All are rather grand even if some need a little bit of work. Cay says that rich wheat farmers are responsible for these mansion like dwellings. I assume many were built in the early 1900s since Cay’s was built in 1901. Yesterday Cathie and I wandered the street snapping photos of some of the best examples. I put these in the album below.
We have had a great time and appreciate Cay’s generosity, hospitality, and good company.