Sagebrush Country or Bust

Not exactly risk everything and go for broke. It’s more like determination to get there on highway I-90 packed with cars heading to eastern Washington over the past long Memorial Day Weekend.

The Robinson, Kukal, and Hallak families love Sagebrush Country. In fact the Kukals, Curtis, Brittany and baby Leo, own a cabin there, surrounded by rolling acres of sagebrush. The Robinsons, Kim & Ted, purchased an acre of sagebrush nearby. The Hallaks, Michael, Laurie & baby Reagan, went along for the ride, and family fun time.


Boat in tow, they traveled to Sagebrush Country and took in Banks Lake’s water beauty and warm, sun-filled days.


Then went on to enjoy their sagebrush properties at the first-rate hideaway, Rimrock Meadows in Douglas County, Washington. Of course the entrance to Rimrock Meadows was on Sagebrush Drive, about a 24 minutes drive from Ephrata, WA, via Sagebrush Flats Road.



Rimrock Meadows

Rimrock Meadows lies on the eastern slopes of Washington’s beautiful Cascade mountain range and is located about 16 miles Northwest of the small town of Ephrata in the heart of Washington State.  Wenatchee, the largest nearby town, is about 40 minutes away and Jameson Lake, renowned for its great fishing, is about a 20-minute drive from Rimrock. The property is located on the edge of Moses Coulee, one of the most beautiful areas in Central Washington. Grand Coulee Dam is about an hour’s drive and there are numerous other “natural wonders” in the surrounding areas such as the Columbia River, Soap Lake, Moses Lake, Whisper Lake and Lake Chelan. Rolling wheat fields grace the areas surrounding Rimrock Meadows.”

Rimrock Meadows – P.O. Box 1195 – Ephrata, Washington 988823 –  (509) 632-9800

You get the point. Sagebrush is noteworthy, and dominates this blog post. You’ll know a lot about it if you read more than the first four paragraphs. I can promise you a riveting read! Overall, sagebrush hints of romance in Zane Grey’s Sagebrush Western Books, it’s medicinal, animals eat it, and its clean scent makes you feel healthy and alive. Don’t confuse it with rolling around, dry spindly, bramble-like, no foliage tumbleweed. Sagebrush is sage-green, and stays put.

Sagebrush Steppe

Of course there’s more to the sagebrush look. Sagebrush steppe is a type of shrub-steppe, a low rainfall natural grassland characterized by the presence of shrubs, and usually dominated by sagebrush, any of several species in the genus ArtemisiaShrubsteppe communities form the western landscape of open sagebrush plains, rimrock, and tumbleweeds, and historically dominated the landscape in eastern Washington. Some of the many species of wildlife that inhabit shrubsteppe can only be found there. Greater sage grouse, sage sparrows, sage thrashers, and pygmy rabbits depend on sagebrush and are termed “sagebrush obligates”. A host of other birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects are found primarily in sagebrush-steppe or other shrubsteppe communities.



A Must See – Moses Coulee Canyon

Moses Coulee is a beautiful canyon in the Waterville plateau region of Douglas County, Washington. This water channel is now dry, but during glacial periods, large outburst floods with discharges greater than 600,000 m3/s (21,000,000 cu ft./s) carved the channel. With its Ice Age flood carved, steep-walled coulees, its pothole lakes, dunes, haystack boulders, waterfalls and scablands—this area is home to a rich and fragile mosaic of rare living things. Between the shrubs and grasses grow a profusion of wildflowers, including sulfur lupine and the vibrant bitterroot, long a favorite food harvested by native peoples.

Glacial Impacts

Illustration of the glacial impacts showing the events leading to the formation of Moses Coulee

Public Domain,


About C.E.Robinson

After years working in healthcare, I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a full time writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog’s beginning in 2014, Before Sundown has been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful, and appreciative of dedicated worldwide followers who like, comment, share and tweet posts. I started the blog to connect with other bloggers, and in a way to learn more about writing. I also wanted to support other bloggers, friends and family by writing blog posts about them, their books, interests, professions and travels. The collections of sunsets/sunrises on the Welcome page came from bloggers all over the world. I wanted visitors to remember what made you smile Before Sundown. What better way then to offer breathtaking sunsets or sunrises? A monthly featured sunset continues.
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48 Responses to Sagebrush Country or Bust

  1. lbeth1950 says:

    It must have been wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much, Linda! It was quite a trip for them. Eastern Washington has a hidden beauty, and they found it, and sagebrush properties at Rimrock Meadows. Christine


  2. It looks like a happy time. Thanks for sharing it with us, Christine. Hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Love eastern Washington high plains desert. Was in Yakima 2 weeks ago. I go there to warm up and dry out. Scenery is gorgeous.. Thanks for more photos. I am going back soon!

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    I’ve been through that area several times. Thanks for jogging some wonderful memories.

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  5. Thanks for sharing! This area looks so familiar as I am from Spokane Wa. Love it

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  6. Jodi says:

    So beautiful

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  7. Almost Iowa says:

    Always loved the sagebrush country, oddly, I liked it best in winter.

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks, Greg, for your visit and comment. It’s probably beautiful in the winter. This area is pretty remote, so not sure it’s an easy get to, and get around. It’s prime snow country too! Have a great weekend. Christine


  8. These are wonderful pictures, Christine! My hubby and I drove through to Seattle years ago. I remember the stark difference in the landscape between eastern Washington and the western part of the state once you cross the mountains. Personally, I like a lot more green, but the steppe and the desert have their own beauty.

    Have a great weekend!

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      I agree, I like the green too. I’d stop at the mountains and find a nice rustic cabin on a peaceful lakefront with lots of trees and walking paths. (sigh) Nice to have choices in WA. Not to forget the islands! Christine

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  9. It’s amazing to me how different eastern and western Washington are (same as Oregon). Beautiful country with such character, Christine. The lake looks wonderful in the midst of all that dry sage. 🙂 Great photos!

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  10. That is my type of land, Christine. Maybe a few amenities, but not many. As long as I have books.

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Jacqui, thanks so much for your visit and comment. That area of Sagebrush Country is beautiful and quiet! No cell phone service or computer use in the brush. I’d need books too! Im following you. Amazing amount of valuable information on your blog. You’re so talented. (chuckling) A 5 minute lunch and a two minute dinner. Yep, you’re busy! 😊 Christine


  11. Sartenada says:

    How wonderful photos. I am very glad that You presented this area and I had possibility to see it thru Your beautiful photos. Blogs are windows to another people’s world.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  12. So cool to see the contrast to the temperate rainforests of western Washington. I prefer lots of green, but the steppe has it’s own character. Thanks for sharing these with us, Christine!


  13. Sartenada says:

    Amazing sceneries in my eyes! I enjoyed seeing and I felt like being there when admiring York beautiful photos. Thank You.

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  14. Sagebrush Country looks beautiful and alien to this city boys eyes. Thanks for sharing it.

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  15. It looks amazing, omg 🙂

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  16. The Hook says:

    The words, “beautiful desolation” come to mind…

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  17. C.E.Robinson says:

    Thank You for Your praising comment of this post. I remembered that You loved Zane Grey and Sagebrush. Here is my comment, but which failed when trying comment:

    I had to return to this post, because I noticed Zane Grey’s Sagebrush. I love Zane Grey and his western books. I have the book which You mentioned in Finnish ” Purppurarinteiden ratsastajat”. I have nearly all books written by Zane Grey! I read them from time to time and enjoy “visiting Old Wild West”. Next year I will start to read them again.

    Here is the post in which I tell a little bit about Zane Grey.

    Native Indian life

    Have a good day!

    Comment by Sartenada — September 29, 2018 @ 11:38 | Reply

    Liked by 1 person

  18. The Hook says:

    These shots are worth a second look – especially in December in Canada!

    Liked by 1 person

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