Day2 Tuesday, July 31 - Cashmere WA to Spokane WA

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
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Trip End Aug 20, 2007


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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Day2 Tuesday, July 31 - Cashmere WA to Spokane WA
Total Miles: 214

Summary:
-Community support at the Chelan County Historic Museum and Pioneer Village in Cashmere, WA
-Yes, more homemade pie
-Dry, dry, dry, dry....dry! - Eastern Washington
-Coulees
-and Dr. Bretz sticks to his guns - Dry Falls, WA mystery is solved.
-Grand Coulee Dam Tour - missed because of a pie :(
-Dangerous Art? Wind Sculptures by Gehrke - Electric City, WA


Details:
Community support at the Chelan County Historic Museum and Pioneer Village in Cashmere, WA
The beautiful little town of Cashmere has no apparent place to get breakfast. 

All the ads in the hotel's directory were for breakfast in Leavenworth, about 10 miles in the wrong direction.  We found a coffee shack with muffins and were able to sustain ourselves.

We spent the morning at the Chelan County Historic Museum. The Pioneer Village is constructed of twenty original pioneer structures dating back to the late 1800's, complete with interior artifacts, to provide an accurate "snapshot" of life the way it was in simpler times. The Chelan County Historical Museum is 13,000 sq ft that includes outstanding displays of Native American artifacts, natural history, and pioneer exhibits.

We liked it as much for the community spirit it demonstrated as for the artifacts it displayed.
The local people put a lot of themselves into it. There were hundreds of personal collections of artifacts, minerals, newspaper clippings or local paintings.
-Explorer Troops moving and restoring old log cabins in the Pioneer Village.
-The men of the local parish recreating the original log mission that was to become the parish.
-The local Dentist group pulled together artifacts for the dentist office.


Yes, more homemade pie
Having a light breakfast meant, of course, that we would require a huge lunch.
We hunted down Huckleberry Restaurant in Wenatchee based on our RoadTrip USA book.
Good food and friendly waitress. More lingering.

Pie was involved. Homemade apricot and strawberry-rhubarb. Delicious!

You'd think with all this traveling and walking we'd shed some pounds.
Scales don't lie - we're eating way too much pie :(

It was two o'clock in the afternoon before we really hit the road.


Dry, dry, dry, dry....dry! - Eastern Washington
We'd always read that eastern Washington State was dry.
After so many weeks along the coast with regular rain and even rainforests, the high dry prairie and coulees are very striking.

Nevada and Utah where we crossed racing from east to west were probably drier but we mentally built up to their dryness while crossing Nebraska and Wyoming.

Coming down out of the Cascade Mountains, it was as if someone had thrown a switch or turned a valve to OFF.
They do get enough rain in the spring to support huge fields of some short stalked grain.
We saw seas of waving rapeseed (aka canola) fields. They must look spectacular when in bloom, canary yellow to the horizon so far away.

Irrigation from the magestic Columbia River is available but vast areas seemed to get along without it. I suppose the equipment could have already been moved elsewhere.
We passed lots of orchards with obvious irrigation.



Coulees
The coulees are vast dry canyons scoured out of the earth during the last ice age.
We stopped in the middle of Moses Coulee to take some photos and then went to Dry Falls where the oddities of this landscape were made clear.


- and Dr. Bretz sticks to his guns - Dry Falls, WA mystery is solved.
In the 1920s a geologist named J.Harlen Bretz theorized that only a vast water flow could have caused the cliffs, potholes and erratic boulder formations in the northeast side of the nation.
He based his idea on the fact that piles of rock from Montana were consistently found hanging out way over in a Washington field. Plus prominent coulee formations.

He was pretty much written off as a crank by his colleagues of the day. His idea was, of course, impossible.
He defended his position in paper after paper demonstrating how only a huge water flow could be the only reason for the formations.

Later, photos from space in the early 60s showed evidence of a huge ice-dammed lake in Montana during the ice age. When the ice dam broke, something like 500 cubic miles of water charged through Washington in about 48 hours.
The waterfall that existed as Dry Falls would have been bigger than every waterfall on earth today combined.
It didn't happen just once. The glacier formed and melted again. And again.
Visit the Dry Falls link for the 'gee whiz' facts and numbers.
Dr. Bretz was in his 90s when his geologist buddies finally acknowledged him with their highest honors.



Grand Coulee Dam Tour - missed because of a pie :(
A trip up the Grand Coulee with its harsh cliffs on one side and blue Lake Roosevelt on the other is worth the effort even if you do not get to do the tour of the Grand Coulee Dam.
The last tour was at five o'clock and we arrived 5 minutes late. To the wrong entrance - half mile away..
Chere blamed a slow moving hay wagon impeding traffic on a long down grade.
Rory mentioned lingering over pie as a possible cause of delay.
Can anyone blame pie? Or is it only the pie eaters who can be held responsible?
 

Dangerous Art? Wind Sculptures by Gehrke - Electric City, WA


Gehrke Windmill Garden aka Garden of the Wind
Emil and Veva Gehrke
1884-1979 and 1902-1980
Along Hwy 155 a mile southwest of Coulee Dam, Electric City WA. Local resident Emil Gehrke once made numerous decorative windmills from scrap. As he is now deceased, his collection sits in a fenced enclosure in a roadside park near Grand Coulee.
The art is surrounded by chain link fence - art too dangerous to be set free?
Sadly, more likely to protect the art from destructive critics, yes?


More scenery as we drove toward Spokane but kind of late to enjoy a dinner.
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