I have spent the last few days riding my red stallion (1991 tercel) on the high plains. Cool rocks, my favorite animal (pronghorns) and my usual odd observations - It appears that stimulus money was used to shore up a lot of snow fences along the highways.
In regards to the Washington landscape I figured out one can drive over Snoqualmie Pass without being on the interstate. A very nice detour from the usual. Exit at Denny Creek and drive in the woods including some old growth.