Friday, July 31, 2009

Day Trip to Idaho

Working here at Central Ferry Park in SE Washington. We get two days off every week so we can take advantage of this beautiful area. Last Tuesday found us over the state line and into Northern Idaho near the town of St Maries at the Southern end of the absolutely gorgeous Lake Coeur dAlene.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Palouse

These pictures were taken from Steptoe Butte, just south of Spokane.

Palouse is a word you have probably never heard. Hell, my spell check doesn't know it because right now there is a red line under it. It is probably because there is only one area in the whole country like it. The palouse was formed more than a million years ago at the end of the last ice age. It is believed that a huge glacier covered what is now the states of Montana & Idaho and as the top of the glacier melted it became a vast sea. When the Western edge of that glacier melted that sea of water came roaring across Idaho bringing with it huge amounts of top soil witch was deposited over what is now SE Washington & Northern Idaho. When Lewis & Clark came through here they were amazed at the complete absence of trees. There are a few trees here now, planted by the people who settled the area but mostly it is as it was for thousands of years.