For the first time I ventured east of Snoqualmie Pass. This weekend the family went down the tri-cities area (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick Washington) to catch the "Thomas Live on Stage" show in Pasco. We left late Saturday morning, spent the night in Kennewick (it's a three hour drive), caught the show Sunday afternoon, and were home by 8pm Sunday night. We tried to do a little sightseeing along the way, but aside from a viewpoint of both Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, and a park in the middle of the Columbia River, we weren't all that successful.
East of the pass was what I had been told it was - desert. Although it was more mountainous than I had expected.
The kids enjoyed the show, especially Garrett. He was quite upset at intermission, thinking that all the trains had gone home.