Sunday, June 13, 2010

Grand Coulee, Steamboat Rock, Dry Falls, Ancient Lake

This weekend we decided to get out of town and do some hiking near the Grand Coulee Dam area.  We visited a few of the placed based on this book, we got to meet the author and get his autograph a few weeks ago:

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Along the way we stopped at this viewpoint of Sun Lakes

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The first hike we were going to do was the Northrup Canyon one, I’m taking a photo of my new hiking boots I got at REI.  The ones I normally wear wore down really bad. 

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We got about a half a mile into the hike and Nick got eaten alive by about 20 mosquitos!  It was miserable.  I for some reason didn’t get bit.  I only applied one OFF wipe that was all dried up.  I normally am the one who always get bitten, but I lucked out
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So after the bust of a hike, we decided to set up camp.  We camped right at the base of Steamboat Rock.  It was a really nice campsite area.  We grabbed dinner near Grand Coulee called Pepper Jack’s Grill and set up a couple chairs before the laser light show.

Grand Coulee Dam

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The dam wasn’t running any water when we got there, but then they allowed a small amount of water to run before the show started.

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I took this with my iPhone. 

Steamboat Rock

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I’m prepping some sandwiches before the hike

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The traihead for the Steamboat Rock hike

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Heading up the rocky path

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We came upon a snake….I HATE SNAKES!  Luckily it was the only one we saw all day.

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The beginning of the hike was super steep

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Fantastic view from up on top

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They call this area Devil’s Punch Bowl

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Coming down was treacherous

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We stopped along the freeway to see Steamboat Rock from afar

Dry Falls

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Ancient Lakes
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This hike is located outside the town of Quincy near the Gorge where concerts are held.  This hike was HOT HOT HOT.  We had no shade and not very much water to drink.  The more we hiked, the hotter it got. 

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We saw an F-18 plane flying overhead, it was loud!

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Coming up on the lake and waterfall

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As we circled the lake to get to the waterfall, the rocks were WHITE and they were hot because of the sun reflecting on them 

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View from the waterfall out onto the lake

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We saw a really large crane flying over the lake

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