a cool and quiet night at Bull Prairie Lake. Next morning,
we rolled down from the mountains to the heat of the lowland
prairies. Our objective for the night was Palouse Falls.
The photos below are what we saw.
farmer waves hello as he rolled past with his tractor.
This area of Oregon is big into wheat farming and the hills
were, literally, "amber waves of grain".
We hit McNary Dam on
the Columbia River.
Columbia is a massive river both wide and deep and supports ship
traffic in both directions. There are ship locks at the
left of the photo above.
lots of infrastructure on the sides of the river.
was a large switch yard for the power produced by the dam.
traveled right along the shore of the river.
and railroad paralleled the shores of the Columbia.
a "grain train" from Canada. Note the "road colors" on the
We passed a large tug
escorting a set of barges down the river.
passed these interesting basalt peaks close to the road.
bridge to nowhere. The old roadway was abandoned.
passed large staging areas for huge bales of hay.
to Palouse Falls, we had to cross over the Snake River.
Above is the highway bridge.
railroad bridge over the Snake River.
finally arrived at Palouse Falls only to discover the area had
changed their rules about camping. No RV or in-vehicle
camping. So we spent some time checking out the views and
then rolled on. In the photo above, Palouse Creek has cut
a huge swath through the Columbia River Basalt Flows to produce
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