That’s a gravel road. It’s not a good thing when you run out of pavement. Especially hauling a trailer. Thanks Google maps. And no cell service. Fortunately, we found a place to turn around and a lady on a tractor who told us we weren’t the first ones to be led astray by Google. It was a good lesson for us. If we had looked more closely at the directions, we would have seen it wasn’t taking us to the campground we were going to. Instead it was taking us on a road that dead ended at the Snake River.
So we had headed east into Washington because I had read about the beauty of the area. In particular, we wanted to visit Palouse Falls State Park and drive the Palouse Scenic Highway. When we got to the turnoff for the state park we were told it was closed indefinitely because a young man had fallen from the top of the falls a few days before and died. The body was stuck in the vortex of the falls and they didn’t want people there when it finally surfaced. So, so sad! It was disappointing that we could see this spectacular place but in the scheme of things…….
But the drive was beautiful, although very different from the western part of the state. A cemetery:
Camped right on the Snake River.
There’s not much to do around here which is good for us to have a little down time. But at the advice of the campground host, we drove a couple miles down the road to a dam run by the US Army Corp of Engineers. We were given a two hour private tour that took us to see the inter workings of the dam including everything they do to keep fish traveling up and down the river. It was great!
We weren’t allowed to take pics on the tour but I was able to take this one in the visitor center. This is a window into the fish ladder. That Chinook salmon is at least 24″ long. Thought the grandkids might like this.
And us in hard hats.
Tomorrow is Saturday. We wish we were home on Saturdays. We will miss watching Selah and Duke play indoor soccer. We will miss watching Slater and Cruise play their Little League games and hanging with Maverick on the sidelines. We will miss hanging at the beach with Stone and Hux.