Loaded the car and had a late breakfast with friends who were still at the conferene hotel. It was around noon when we started out on our return trip. This time we will take a more northerly route. The instructions from AAA took us to a scenic route in the mountain roads north of the columbia river. We crossed back to the I-84 via the bridge of the gods ($1 toll). We went through Oregon and to Washington state, from forests to desert.
Around mid-afternoon we started looking at the map to see where we might stop for the night and Spokane was at the right spot. Found a Quality Inn by the highway and checked in quickly. They had an in-house restaurant so we just ordered a pizza from them.