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May 22, 2018 - Erosion is cool!

Ok, normally We wouldn't say that erosion is cool but we're camped within the pathway of the most cataclysmic floods in North America that occurred around 13,000 to 15,000 years ago. Glacial lake outburst floods were the result of periodic sudden ruptures of the ice dam on the Clark Fork River that created Glacial Lake Missoula. After each ice dam rupture, the waters of the lake would rush down the Clark Fork and the Columbia River, flooding much of eastern Washington and the Willamette Valley in western Oregon. After the rupture, the ice...

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Jun 17, 2017 - Grand Coulee Dam

We visited the Grand Coulee Dam today for a guided tour. We were early (the first ones there), so we got to talk to our shuttle driver for awhile. He lives in the area and is an artist by trade. He told us a lot about the geology and history of the area surrounding the dam. After the tour he gave me a print of one of his paintings. He is quite talented. His name is Keith Powell and you can see some of his work at www.televar.com/-hawk. Keith also told us to stop at Dry Falls on our way west. It's the site of an ancient waterfall and today...

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Northwest Road Trip

Apr 18, 2016 - Coulee City, WA

We saw another nice campground from the road, so pulled in for a few days. Coulee City. We figured we could stay here and drive up to the dam without the trailer. It was a great RV park that the city built. We were only the second camper in there so it was nice and quiet. It was a great place to walk around, and there were a lot of geese with goslings around the park. Sometimes it seemed there were so many it looked like a goose day care. There was a nice path along the lake that we would take walks on. There were a lot of California quail...

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Jul 29, 2013 - Dry Falls

On the way from Glacier National Park to Leavenworth, WA, we stopped overnight at Coulee City in Washington. We stayed at a campground next to the Dry Falls State Park. This is one of the most interesting areas of the country. The Dry Falls, Grand Coulee, and the Scablands were formed millions of years ago during the ice ages. At that time an ice dam was formed blocking the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The lake that formed covered most of Montana. When the ice dam let go the resulting flood scoured the whole area down to bedrock on its rush...

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Sep 5, 2012 - What a day!

Sept. 5, 2012 It was 45 degrees this morning, the coldest since Cove Palisades park. In western Washington and on Vancouver Island, the days were in the mid 60s and nights were in the mid 50s.  Not especially looking forward to dealing with heat as we move south. We each jogged a few miles, and then drove east through the park.  The mountains here are called the American Alps and as we drove they just kept getting better and better.  The national park was even prettier than Mt. Rainier National Park, with much less traffic and better roads...

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Summer Trip 2012

Jul 13, 2012 - To Coulee City, WA

We start the day early. We want to get our traveling in before it gets hot. We are on Interstate 90. It is still desert. We do some climbing. I am thinking that this is good. The higher we climb the lower the Rockies will seem. Oops. We start what feels like a free fall. Why are we going lower? I remember. We have to cross the Columbia River! Up the other side, we climb. I am getting tired of sagebrush. Where are all the apple trees? Finally, we leave the Interstate for Route 283. We see farms. One has labels by the fields: Field Corn and...

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May 4, 2012 - Grand Coulee Dam, Wa

Today we saw the largest dam in the northern hemisphere. The Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. So amazing. It is one of those places you need to see to believe. The Grand Coulee Dam is ranked number five in the world. China has the biggest in the world. The word 'coulee' generally means a gulch or gully that is dry and was formed by running water. The Grand Coulee is a 50 mile trench that was formed by floodwaters during the ice age about 18,000 years ago. The granite bedrock was formed 40-60 millions years ago. Roosevelt...

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Aug 8, 2011 - Coulee City, WA, USA

We took a tour of the Grand Coulee Dam and went both down below and walked across the top. The dam is one of the largest concrete structures in the world. The 12 million cubic yards of concrete that it took to create it could build a highway from Seattle to Miami! It is the largest hydropower producer in the US. We also saw a night laser show that was projected on the side of the dam. We went to the "dry falls" and learned how the coulees (ravine or deep gully) were formed. We took anther couple (Joe and Clara from Georgia) and Jim Martin...

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Dec 29, 2009 - Xmas Trip

On Xmas Day morning we packed up and started our Xmas trip. John had planned an excursion towards the eastern part of WA. It was going to be three days of hiking. Fabulous! We hiked at the Yakima Canyon on our way and saw a few other dog people out there. Then we continued to Ellensburg and had Xmas lunch at a truck stop restaurant. It was pretty good but not as good as our Thanksgiving dinner had been. Our destination for the day was Ephrata, WA where we spent the night. On Saturday we continued towards Coulee City and saw the amazing Dry...

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Aug 26, 2009 - Coulee, WA

Coulee City, WA We arrived in Coulee City, WA on Sunday, August 17th and as we pulled into the RV Park the truck engine just quit and would not restart. Fortunately we were close enough to the campground and one of the workers towed us right to our site. So what was to be a 2 day stop in the middle of in the desert with not much nearby, turned into a 9 day stop. Our truck needed major repairs requiring the Ford garage to take the engine apart. In the meantime, we rented a car to do some scenic drives. It was much too hot here in the desert...

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Jun 5, 2009 - Day 18-19-20

Stayed for 4 days and explored the Grand Coulee Dam and surrounding communities of Ephatra and Coulee City. Small areas with great scenery including a dry falls that would have been bigger than Niagara. Played golf on the Friday for three hours. Weather was scorching hot on Thursday. Not much better on Friday. In the high 80s. Tried to play golf at 730 but not open. Was able to play from 815 to 1115 am. Relaxed for the rest of the day. Tomorrow on to near Seattle washington.

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Cross Country Trip

May 31, 2009 - A short stop over in Coulee City

We had two nights in Coulee City but did little exploring as the weather was very very hot and heather was not feeling very well. The diuretics she was taking were making her sick and after a quick phone call to the ENT clinic it was agreed she should stop taking them.

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