We departed Bend, OR area yesterday about 9 a.m. And drove straight north on US Hwy 97 the 220 mile to Toppenish, WA for a one night stay in the parking lot, boondocking at the Legends Casino. The personnel here are very accommodating to the RV'er the nice man driving the shuttle cart showed to the "best" places to park. He asked us what time we'd like to be picked up and taken to the casino, we said 5 p.m. And sure enough he was there at 10 min after 5 to get us.
We didn't realize how hot it was outside till Dave took out our large dial thermometer. YIKE's is what he said, and then realized we're NOT north of I-90 yet. that'll be tomorrow. So we finished our abbreviated setup, rested some and waited for the nice man to pick us up. We don't gamble, we figure we worked too hard, to give our money away, so this'll be a dinner only night. Then, we'll have a nice rest in preparation for tomorrow's longer drive.
For those of you who are long time readers recall that Dave got a "Roadside Americana" Book at his retirement. During this stop, we searched for one of the Roadside items. Initially we thought the town of Zillah was in Western WA but suddenly our eyes fell on the location along I-87 south of Yakima, but is only 5 miles away from us. Zillah, as it turns out, is a cute little town that has a comfortable"feel" to it. We were looking for the "Teapot Gas Station" a longtime iconic stopping point for anyone driving south of Yakima.. But, the location of old delivered up an empty concrete foundation. However, next door was an extra large iron and steel welded copy of the old gas station. The lady who owns the copy, told us how to get to the new location, where the newly restored, painted building and pumps had been moved. The city/town had the building moved and restored next to the convention and civic center. A much better location. Enjoy the photos. Upon our return to the Casino, Rebecca noted a sign stating something to the effect that Toppenish is known as the town of murals. There is even a "mural office" where one can get a map of the town listing where all the murals are located. We have not much time on this visit, so we'll do that next trip, but we did locate some murals, accidentally.
After finding the gas station and some murals we returned to our coach at the Legends Casino, sat outside and enjoyed the cooler evening with a glorious sunset.