Before the trip, I was not much of a fruit eater. I'd eat a raw apple if it was put in front of me, but would not go out of my way to find one. Never a peach or pear fan. That all changed after we went through Wenatchee and later Yakima. Apples, peaches, and pears fresh off the tree, juicy and delicious. Suddenly I loved them, and took them to school and work for snacks, until I developed an allergy to them in my mid-30s.

"Fish ladder"? You'd probably not recognize the term unless you were from the Pacific Northwest. Salmon swim upstream to spawn. On the north Pacific coast, that may be the most significant annual wildlife event. They can power their way through rapids and even small waterfalls, but not a waterfall of any size. A fish ladder is a bypass of a large waterfall, consisting of a series of falls each small enough for a salmon to jump.