Wonder Where The Water Went?

Trip Start Jul 08, 2006
Trip End Sep 03, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Sunday, July 9, 2006

Each pipe carries a billion gallons of water a day from the river up the hill, and dumps it into what was once an empty hole. Each pipe is big enough to drive three schoolbuses through, side by side.

Well, that's a lot of water, sure, and what you've got is: Banks Lake. It didn't rain it in, for sure, there's dryness, rocks, as far as you can see. And heat. We nibble donuts in the car, and gape. So different from our Western Mountain Side!

There's Steamboat Rock. You see why it is named.

There's sagebrush. We spot the caves in rocks above. Relief from heat, just climb into the shadows there. If you are a rattlesnake, that is. Or an eagle, or a hawk.

A Ski-Doo spins on by, its noise the only noise to hear. Maybe its too hot to fish, today.

We have to play a game, a naming game for while I drive. Name fruit that starts with A, and B and C, apples, berries, cherries; veggies now from A to Z, for U say Unicorn, haha. OK, body parts, Adams Apple, Butt, Chest, D? what's D?, go on to E, Esophogus, Finger, Gut, Headbone, Intestines, Jugular Vein, K? K?

At last we see the sign, we've reached the parking lot. Dry Falls State Park, look out there and tell me what you see? The cliff's are dry, it's true, a mile across and high, it used to flow, the greatest waterfall on earth, but changing times and changing geology have turned it dry. And so it goes.

The movie we already saw, we study pictures, buy some souvenirs, some scrunchies for little sister's hair, a glowing nighttime tictactoe for big brother's fun, oh, take Dad this magnet, for the refrigerator door -- Washington is a Dam State. What do you want Andrew, for your souvenir? I'll take this book on astromomy.

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