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Thursday, May 29, 2008

GRAND COULEE DAM

Well, since there was not a lot going on over Memorial Day decided to take a short road trip to see the laser light Show and the fireworks at Grand Coulee Dam. Grand Coulee is located about 90 miles northwest of Spokane,105 miles south of Canada, and 250 miles east of Seattle.

A lot of the terrain is flat and some places you can see for miles.

A field of green dotted with sheep caught my eye.

This homestead looked very inviting.

And here is the first glimpse of Lake Roosevelt and Grand Coulee. ( Don't mind the reflection of peanuts on the dash - they were there in case I got hungry).

Grand Coulee Dam is often called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". It is the largest dam in the state of Washington and the largest concret structure in the United States . It is one mile long and is 550 feet high - four times as large as the great pyramids

It is the third largest hydroelectric facility in the world. Not only does it provide 6.5 million kw of power it also irrigates over half a million acres of farm land in the Columbia Basin.v

Here is the backside of the dam.



and the spillway and left powerplant.



Spillway and left and right powerplants.


Third power plant and visitor center.


If you notice there are two parking lots for visitors.

and a picture to prove I was there.

I took over 150 pictures and it was hard to narrow them down. I split them up and will put some more photos in the next post, and maybe the next and the next. It truly is a beautiful area with lots of history.

Until next time, in the words of my Father, "That's it for Today".

5 comments:

Joe and Sherri said...

Looks to me like you just Photo Shop'd that picture in front of the dam...What other proof do you have you were there. Send me more pictures. LOL

Did you have fun??

Joe and Sherri

Dee & Jim said...

Great pictures! I can't wait to visit that area. I've been to Hoover Dam a couple times, be good to compare to.
Dee

Anonymous said...

That looks like a wonderful place to visit Jenny. And some very nice picture's of the Dam. And just wanted to say thats a good picture of you. Keep up the great work , love to read your Blog.

Sandra said...

Great photos, Jenny! Looks like a nice place to visit.

jcw3rd said...

How did you manage to end up leaning so far to the left? Is that a political statement? 8^)
-- jcw