2013 Western Road Trip Day 14, June 12th

Today we got a leisurely start leaving around 9 am on our way to Grand Coulee Dam and on to Spokane. Leaving Yakima, we finally got a sun lite view of Mt. Rainer that alluded us yesterday.

Mt. Rainer in the distance

Mt. Rainer in the distance

Mt. Rainer

Mt. Rainer

Denny has now also joined the I’ve got a cold club.

The scenery along the way is beautiful and varied. From the lush mountains of yesterday, today we move into farm land, high dessert, multiple lakes and dams.

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Bridge over Columbia river

Bridge over Columbia river

We continue our habit of regular stops and discovered the Wild Horse Memorial at this stop. The surrounding scenery was breathtaking.

Wild Horse monument

Wild Horse monument

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Leaving the Wild Horse Memorial, the countryside was lined with rows of wind farm generators 10 or more deep forn over seven miles. There were so many windmills, high voltage lines were used to carry the power to wherever it was headed.

Wind mills

Wind mills

They are hard to see but in the distance are hundreds of wind mill generators

They are hard to see but in the distance are hundreds of wind mill generators

We continued our journey, first driving around Soap Lake, so named because of the foam like bubbles produced when wind causes white caps on the lake. The shore is white with alkaline.

Soap Lake

Soap Lake

Denny "surveying" the lake shore

Denny “surveying” the lake shore

By chance we stopped at a place named Dry Falls. Dry Falls was the worlds largest waterfalls  during the period of the end of the ice age. It would have been equal to almost 100 Niagara Falls.

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Dry Falls an ice age falls, the largest in the world.

Dry Falls an ice age falls, the largest in the world.

The total falls area was larger than 100+ Niagara Falls

The total falls area was larger than 100+ Niagara Falls

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Now the remaining cliffs encase a land locked lake

Now the remaining cliffs encase a land locked lake

Today it is a rain fed, land locked lake bordered by high canyon walls that were once the waterfalls.

We continued toward Grand Coulee driving around Banks Lake. In the middle of Banks Lake is Steamboat Rock. Steamboat Rock was strong enough to split the glacier that eventually melted to cause the water that resulted in the falls which are now Dry Falls.

Steamboat rock

Steamboat rock

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Roosevelt Lake is the next Lake and the upstream water supply for Grand Coulee Dam. Grand Coulee Dam is the largest dam in width and one of the largest concrete structures in the world. Today only a small amount of water was being released.

Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam

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We enjoyed a picnic lunch and then toured the visitors center before heading off to Spokane to spend the night.

Picnicking under the shadow of Grand Coulee

Picnicking under the shadow of Grand Coulee

On the way to Spokane were miles of farm land that I’m sure was made possible by the lakes Grand Coulee and the other dams created.

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The wonders of irrigation desert on one side of the road, crops on the other side of the road

The wonders of irrigation desert on one side of the road, crops on the other side of the road

Going through one little town named Wilbur, WA where we saw these to examples of Americana.

Goose pulling a wagon

Goose pulling a wagon

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Wilbur the pig in Wilbur, WA

Wilbur the pig in Wilbur, WA

We are ahead of schedule so I’m not exactly sure where we will be tomorrow but most likely somewhere near Flat Head Lake, MT.

Babs Say: It is a wonderful feeling to know that you have 24 more hours than you thought you had.

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One thought on “2013 Western Road Trip Day 14, June 12th

  1. Rob says:

    Pretty cool places! I like the steam boat rock and the wild horses monument. I’m not so sure about the appropriateness of Uncle Denny’s surveying!

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