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It was supposed to be a quick hour flight to Pullman.   I had a meeting that afternoon to look at samples for our upcoming cookbook, The Crimson Spoon: Plating Regional Cuisine on the Palouse, which I’ve been working on with Jamie Callison and Linda Burner Augustine.  Turns out that quick trip would become one long drive across Washington State.

I arrived at the airport early in the morning to a cancelled flight and no flights out (no reason, just no flights).  But besides the meeting I needed more shots of the Palouse, with its full grown wheat and puffy skies.  I couldn’t wait, I knew the heat was rising and my chance at puffy skies was going to dim by each degree. So I hit the road.  With no past experience crossing the state I thought, how far could it be? Kinda Portland-far right?

Yeah, no.  Far.

What should’ve been a four hour trip turned into six, complete with wrecks, rollovers and rock blasting.  That day between getting over there, then driving around and jumping out to shoot fields, I spent about 12 hours of solitary confinement in my own car.

But at least I got the pictures perfect clouds I wanted, really nice ones that you’ll see in our new book The Crimson Spoon: Plating Regional Cuisine on the Palouse, coming out this Fall.

Pullman TripAbout the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.


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