We escaped for the day. No agenda, just hopped in the car and drove!! We went to Palouse Falls and on down to Walla Walla. Back roads all the way. No map, no GPS. It was a beautiful day for a road trip!
Palouse Falls is a gorgeous fall. Cow Creek, which runs through the ranch, runs into the Palouse River, over the falls and onto the Snake River. Looking at the landscape that surrounds the falls, you wouldn't think there's any water for MILES. You have to drive down a dirt road to the falls. And yes, it is a state run. The falls are about 35 miles south of us.
Here's a little tidbit from Wikipedia.
The falls are 198 ft in height. The canyon at the falls is 377 feet deep, exposing a large cross-section of the Columbia River Basalt Group. These falls and the canyon downstream are an important feature of the channeled scablands created by the great Missoula Floods that swept periodically across eastern Washington and across the Columbia River Plateau during the Pleistocene epoch
The ancestral Palouse river flowed through the currently dry Washtucna Coulee to the Columbia River. The Palouse Falls and surrounding canyons were created when the Missoula Floods overtopped the south valley wall of the ancestral Palouse River, diverting it to the current course to the Snake River by erosion of a new channel.
The area is characterized by interconnected and hanging flood-created coulees, cataracts, plunge pools, kolk created potholes, rock benches, buttes and pinnacles typical of scablands. Palouse Falls State Park is located at the falls, protecting this part of the uniquely scenic area.
Looking down stream.
Coming into Walla Walla. Those are the Blue Mountains we can see from home!! No snow on them either. Sad.
We stopped at Fort Walla Walla museum and wandered around. I spotted this little guy watching us!
Back to riding and sorting pairs tomorrow. Its suppose to be 80*!!! Then branding on Tuesday.
Thanks for stopping by.