A winding, wending country road invites the traveler to explore the quiet and peace of the country.
North Fork Touchet is a paved road in Columbia County, Dayton, WA of the United States, and it makes its way past apple orchards and country farms before it heads up in altitude to the mountains, toward the ski area that attracts tourists during the winter months.
Eventually, the North Fork Touchet Road turns into a gravel road, winding its way through the trees of the forest, and one does not have the feeling of openness that one finds further down in elevation.
In the spring, the hills in the background are the traditional green we come to expect in many areas, turning to a deep gold as the summer heat and lack of water takes its toll on the grasses. By autumn, many of the bushes erupt into glorious blazes of color – oranges, reds, corals, rusts, and purples – adding the palette of fall to the countryside.
North Fork Touchet is a road worth driving along during all the seasons, because, though the landmark elements stay the same, the color does not, and one feels as if one is in a different spot altogether, depending upon what month it is.
There is not much traffic along the North Fork Touchet, although in later years, as more people discover and move to the rural Dayton area, more and more people find themselves driving this road, on their way to a home in which they live all year round, as opposed to a second home where they visit on occasion. There is something about this area that calls people to make it their home, not a visiting spot, and those who move here find that they fall in love with the peace, quiet, and tranquility of the country.
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