We have arrived in Cle Elum, a small town on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, due east from Seattle. We're not quite to the desert which makes up the eastern part of Washington. Mostly Cle Elum is a tiny place which is $40 a night cheaper than Ellensburg, WA. Which is a slightly less small town just east of here.
The Cascades are beautiful in the sunlight. We saw them in rain and mist on the drive west, and they were pretty. On the drive east today, in the sun with the highest reaches wreathed from time to time in puffy white cloud, they were spectacular.