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May 11, 2017 - Some More from the Palouse

We hung around the Dry Falls-Sun Lakes are for another couple of days because the campground is pretty nice and some windy rainy weather was moving in yesterday and I didn't want to drive in that weather. We're also planning on visiting Mount Rainier National Park in the next couple of days and I wanted to wait another day or two for some of the roads to open from winter closures. The rain yesterday gave me some time to process some more images from the Palouse that I will post. Hope you enjoy them.

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May 10, 2017 - Channeled Scablands

This area of Washington is known as the Channeled Scablands. They are a barren and soil-free landscape that was scoured by a single cataclysmic flood which was unleashed when giant glacial Lake Missoula in Montana drained. Dry Falls above our campground is a 3.5 mile long cliff that was formed when the ice dam that created Lake Missoula broke. It is said that the flow from the lake traveled at 65 mph and was more than 10 times the total flow of all the rivers of the world. The falls is more than 400 ft tall and is more than 5 times the...

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May 9, 2017 - Loose on the Palouse

It's been over a week since I posted last. We came to Palouse so I could work with a local photographer to capture the fantastic landscape of this part of eastern Washington that's called the Palouse. Last year when we were in Vermont at the Escapade we met a couple from Washington. In our conversation about their state they mentioned a photographer that specializes in this area. John Clement, John Clement Photography, lives in Kennewick in the Tri-Cities area and has been photographing the Palouse and other areas in nearby Oregon and Idaho...

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Mar 23, 2009 - Walla Walla and Columbia River Basin Area

Mar 23, 09 Pendleton, OR to Grand Coulee, WA via Walla Walla and Moses Lake Today’s story is missing a lot of pictures because just before 3 pm Shirley accidentally erased the day’s photos from her camera! In the morning we drove up to Walla Walla, WA from our campground just outside of Pendleton, OR. Thank goodness the wind had died down and the sun was out. Temperature was a cool 4 deg Celsius. Walla Walla is where Shirley’s sister Gwen was born while their father was studying at the Walla Walla College nearby in a small place called...

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Aug 12, 2006 - Crescent Bar WA

At 2115 they flooded the face of the dam for the show; I actually enjoyed this part more than the show. The laser show was well done but was really a propaganda speech about how great the dam is. 9 Aug - spent the entire day out, with plans to visit the eastern side of the Cascade Loop. We are going to stay near the Canadian border on the coast in a couple of weeks and plan on touring the rest of the Loop then. One interesting thing happened as we meandered north. We stopped at a roadside fruit stand to take a break....great...

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Jul 12, 2004 - Still can't get to Hell's Canyon

Day 32 -- Monday, July 12 Coulee City, Washington (Sun Lakes State Park) Miles today: 375 The plan for today was to see Hell's Canyon; but, once again, that's not how it worked out. Recall that, yesterday, we discovered it's impossible to drive to Hell's Canyon or to approach it from the southern entrance. This time, we did get to Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Washington, at the northern entrance. Not surprisingly, these cities were named in honor of Lewis and Clark, who spent time with the Nez Percé Indians here at the confluence of the...

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