“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
— J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lady Washington is Washington's official State Ship and can be found sailing up and down the Pacific Coast from her home port of Aberdeen, WA. (photo courtesy of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority)
The famous Hastings Building in downtown Port Townsend. Built in 1890, it is one of the most photographed buildings in the city. (http://www.hastingsestate.com/hastingsestate.com/Hastings_Building.html)
Third power station at Grand Coulee Dam The new power generation station is on the left. It doubled the dam's capacity to produce electricity.
6 penstocks (tubes) where water flows down to create electricity. Each one of those can hold the volume of 2 Colorado Rivers at one time. With all 6 running simultaneously, that's the volume of 12 Colorado Rivers!
Canal to Banks Lake (facing away from the dam). This is the beginning of an irrigation project that covers 670,000 acres (capacity of 1.1 million). Geographically, it stretches to the southern border of Washington and covers roughly about 1/5th of the state.
Big pile of dirt left over from building the dam. See the houses in front of it for scale. There is about this much earth in the dam itself. The high school sits right by it and if the football players get in trouble, they have to go and run around this.
Scale of the Grand Coulee Dam - At nearly a mile long, you can get an idea of just how big it is by looking at the houses which are quite a ways in front of it. The Hoover Dam would fit inside the spillway here and have about 200' to spare on each side...and that's *just* the spillway.
Erratics - ginormous boulders pushed up on top of a hill from one of the Great Missoula Floods. If you've never heard of this geologic event, go look it up. It was one of the most cataclysmic events the earth has ever seen.
"Winged Liberty" statue. It is a copy of Nike of Samothrace, a statue found on Samothrace, Greece in 1863 by a French explorer. This replica was given to the United States in 1949 by France to thank the US for liberating them during WWII.
This bowl is one of several wood pieces on display on the upper floor. They are quite interesting.
Presidents Harrison, Roosevelt, and Taft each planted trees when they visited. Along with the Ash and Elm that were planted when it was the Territorial Capitol, the trees had grown as long as 120 years when they were cut down for a major remodel of the building in 2006.
The trees were salvaged and given to local artisans who could make what they wished, so long as they donated a single piece to the Capitol in return.
Idaho State Capitol Building Boise, ID
Butterfly on flower with Mount Shasta off in the distance
Coming back out into another open area of the Hercules Leg Cave. These little walkways are like crafted gardens. Above them, it's pretty desolate - nothing but short shrubs. The moisture and cool air of the caves must keep these plants alive.