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Jun 13, 2018 - Grand Coulee Dam June 10 - 11, 2018

Grand Coulee Dam is only 90 non-interstate miles from Spokane but the change in landscape was almost as varied as the trip out of the Columbia River Gorge. This part of Washington is “watered” by the Grand Coulee Columbia Irrigation Project. The fields of green wheat were endless and with the wind blowing it looked like waves – the precursor to “waves of amber grain”. The color had a hint of blue in contract to the grass and alfalfa. No livestock here – just field after field. Another scenery change – the land becomes very rugged. Cattle...

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Aug 3, 2017 - Smoky Canada-- Days 1 & 2

Days 1-2 July 31 – Aug. 1, This was our third “Exploring the Pacific Northwest” RV trip with friends John and Terri. By the time they backed their truck and Lance camper into our driveway, forest fires had been burning for several weeks in numerous areas of British Columbia. Because of smoke from those fires, I’d considered re-routing our planned trip, possibly avoiding Banff and Jasper Canadian National Parks altogether. I decided however, that if we were not in danger, that we’d go ahead with the planned trip. Day 1—Leavenworth Since...

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Aug 5, 2016 - Day 74 Grand Coulee

We only traveled a hundred miles or so, and arrived at Grand Coulee Dam in Washington. I went on a tour of the dam, and we went to the Visitors Center where we saw a movie on building the dam. They also had a lot of exhibits there to read up on the history of it. Very interesting! We camped along Banks Lake. It sets about 238 feet above Coulee Lake. There is a pump house with12 pumps each capable of pumping a (billion) gallons a day up to Bank Lake. From there it is all gravity down feed to irrigate the entire region. This is what changed...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Grand Coulee Dam

Today we went to see the Grand Coulee Dam. We took a tour of the dam which allowed us onto the top of the dam and to see turbines in one of the power houses. The dam was built from 1933 to 1941 giving jobs to thousands during the great depression. It is the largest concrete structure in North America. It was the largest in the world too until they built the Three Gorges Dam in China. The Grand Coulee Dam is 5,233 feet long, just short of a mile. In comparison, the Hoover Dam in Nevada, is about 150 feet higher, but is only 1,244 feet long....

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Sep 7, 2015 - Grand Coulee Dam, WA

East on Hwy 2 to Waterville & Douglas, flat plateau, farmland as far as the eye can see. At this time of year, whatever was growing, (hay?) had been harvested and all we saw was a few inches of dry yellow grass & plowed, rocky fields. After the plateau, as we headed off the mountain, the landscape changed to yellow mesas and high cliffs, then once again to rolling farmland. Surprising, we did not see any signs of irrigation. Al thinks the crops are naturally irrigated by rainfall. As we entered Coulee city and the Banks Lake, the scenery...

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Aug 24, 2015 - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Actually, smoke got in our eyes, the entire drive this morning. We headed east today on Highway 2, to the turnoff for Grand Coulee Dam. Because the smoke was so thick, the scenery was nothing spectacular, although we both felt that the smoke didn't really take anything away from the scenery either. There were miles and miles of cultivated fields or fields where the hay has already been cut and stacked, leaving just the stubs. There is nothing green in this area of Washington except where there is water near the dams. -- Where we turned...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Aug 17, 2015 - Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam is a gravity dam on the Columbia River in the state of Washington built to produce hydroelectric power and provide irrigation. It was constructed between 1933 and 1942, originally with two power plants. A third power station was completed in 1974 to increase its energy production. It is the largest electric power-producing facility in the United States. The proposal to build the dam was the focus of a bitter debate during the 1920s between two groups. One wanted to irrigate the ancient Grand Coulee with a gravity canal and...

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2015 RV Adventure

Jun 13, 2015 - Kings Court RV Park

2 nights here Went to the Coulee Dam Laser Light Show, with sound and animation it was awesome. Took the tour of the power house. Grand Coulee Dame is a 4 function dam: Produce Electricity Flood Control Irrigation - Banks Lake - Water is moved to man-made Banks lake and used for irrigating NW Washington. When more power is needed water is pumped back into Lake Roosevelt through Power producing Generators then again through the Dam's Generators.

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Oct 9, 2014 - Ione to Grand Coulee, WA

October 9, 2014 Blessed with another gorgeous fall day to travel west towards Grand Coulee Dam. We traveled through the Colville National forest on HWY20 which again provided great aspen and field color in contrast to the mountain firs. In Colville (population 4,500) we found a great Safeway fro reprovisioning e erything including gas. At Kettle Falls which is near the most northern point of the 131 mile Lake Roosevelt created by the Grand Coulee Dam, we turned south on SR 25 which followed the lake. The terrain changed to broad expanses of...

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Jul 31, 2012 - Oddities

Grand Coulee, WA This was a day of oddities for us. We decided to do an explore of the area and started by driving 50 miles to Omak. We had heard that there was a statue of Bigfoot near the pass. How can one pass up an opportunity like that? Bigfoot is way up on a hill and we definitely would have missed it if we had not been looking for it. In our opinion, that is NOT what Bigfoot would look like. Then we traversed Highway 21. Imagine driving along through pine tree covered hills and curving around tall bluffs when suddenly you come down...

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Jul 30, 2012 - What a show!

Grand Coulee, WA We have been staying in sort of off beat places as of late and this one is no exception. Today we were served Pop Tarts for our continental breakfast. After our hearty breakfast, we took a tour of Grand Coulee Dam. Not only did we have to pass through metal detectors, but an armed guard followed us the entire way. He had both a rifle and a side arm. Scary. Our tour guide, Rachel was an absolute riot. She delighted in referring to herself as a dam tour guide and told us to get on the dam bus, etc. We also learned that while...

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Jul 29, 2012 - A dam fine day!

Grand Coulee, WA We said goodbye to our little cabin and headed down the road. Since we couldn't do a tour at the Smokejumper's Base yesterday, we stopped again today hoping to change our luck. We did. We had an almost 2-hour private tour and learned so much stuff we cannot possibly remember half of it. Fascinating. A smokejumper is a wildland firefighter who parachutes into a remote area to combat wildfires. There are only 400 smoke jumpers in the U.S. at 10 different bases. Thirty (27 men and 3 tough girls) jumpers are stationed here....

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