I am one of the first people to poke fun of the Eastern Washington landscape, which for 9 months of the year is 50 shades of brown...but, during the spring and early summer, we do get some green, and then beautiful pops and seas of color as the wild flowers of the Shrub Steppe bloom.
Western Mountain Aster
The variety of flowers was nice. We missed the beautiful purple lupine that grows, but we caught the sulfur lupine(more cream/light yellow) in color...but what really surprised me was the variety of buckwheat(not the grain). There are something like 5-6 different varieties, with thyme buckwheat having the most interesting flowers.
As pretty as the flowers and the view were, the real reward was getting to spend the day with my wife and kids. At one point, two tour buses full of students from CWU pulled in, and I kept giving my wife grief that she had better go hide before she got mistaken for one of the college girls.