ROAD TRIP - Palouse Falls & the Snake River

by Brenda Nelson June. 25, 2015 1696 views

On Monday, we rode out to the middle of nowhere - and I mean NO where - to the Palouse Falls State Park to see the tallest waterfall in Washington. I'd seen photos of it - and it didn't disappoint! It was a long and difficult road, but well worth the effort!

It's hard to imagine that there is ANY thing to see down this dirt road that seems endless!

I took this photo because the last line says “Rattlesnakes frequent this area”!

Even though this is only a state park, Palouse Falls is 198 feet tall and quite a setting in the middle of a high desert!

The Palouse River flows into the Snake River, which feeds into the Columbia River (yesterday's post), then they all spill into the Pacific Ocean!

The cliffs provided deep shadows and the sun was directly overhead and hot as blazes, so they combined to make exposures very difficult to capture correctly - but I tried! :)

In the very left corner are two people who had just gone for a swim and were sunbathing. They told us later that it was much harder doing DOWN than coming back up the cliffs!

It really was a steep drop to the valley floor! I never got any closer than this because the ground is very gravelly and tends to roll under your feet! - I just held my camera over the edge and shot downward!

Years of determination

An oasis in the deserts of Washington

I have such admiration for the people who built our railroad system - I can't comprehend how they got men and materials out here in this harsh environment to lay all this track!

It took us 10 minutes to drive the 2 miles back out of the park on this wash-board gravel road. I was afraid it was going to ruin the bike

God bless the American farmer who contends with and conquers this dry, barren land

The story of the Lewis and Clark expedition along the Snake River on their return to St. Louis from the Pacific Ocean - a 5-month journey

This reflection shot is one of my favorites of the trip

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 5 months ago

It was well worth the effort. Absolutely wonderful.

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Dan Ravasio 5 years, 5 months ago

I love nature's artwork that you are bringing to us...

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow this series shows how tough things must be on the motorbike, but the photography shows some tough terrain, great to see these places your challenges get harder and harder....

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Moira 5 years, 5 months ago

Great captures of this rather barren land but you did manage to make it look more interesting TFS.

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 5 months ago

The terrain looks terrifying!
But the reward must have been stupendous.
Thanks for taking us along!

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Jeff Cornish 5 years, 5 months ago

You and Larry take us on a mystical tour every day...and it is appreciated! Nicely done!

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Jay Boggess 5 years, 5 months ago

Fabulous captures Brenda! I love that area. Did you go along the Snake River near Hagerman, Idaho. There are hot spring mineral pools, (Miracle Hot Springs---http://www.mhsprings.com/) that are so nice for a relaxing break from the road! Thanks for the wonderful documentation of your "magical mystery tour"!

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