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.
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.
We continue our habit of regular stops and discovered the Wild Horse Memorial at this stop. The surrounding scenery was breathtaking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We enjoyed a picnic lunch and then toured the visitors center before heading off to Spokane to spend the night.
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.
Going through one little town named Wilbur, WA where we saw these to examples of Americana.
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.