Our trip to Grand Coulee dam took us north into the Cascades. We
traveled along route 20, the North Cascades Highway. Just an absolutely spectacular
scenery. Plenty of rivers, lakes, small dams, trees, and of course snow cap
We actually found ourselves with snow on the side of the highway as we
neared Washington pass (elevation 4,000+ feet).
Becareful Mr. Waterfall, Omer has a wrench in his back pocket.
Aren't they cute, mother and daughter. Can't beat it.
Oh Yes, we actually did stop off and tour a damn dam.
We stayed at nice little hotel directly across from the dam. We
walked over at 9pm to watch the 10pm laser show.
This was taken from the top of the dam where the generators are actually
housed. Below is the Columbia River. Left is the dam itself where water is
blocked and released as needed. Across is the town itself.
This one is bit further back so you can see the face a bit more.
We started the tour at the top where that platform is. The
elevator goes down this center cables at a 45 degree angle.
Looking straight down from the top of the dam. Don't get dizzy.
This looks back behind the dam. The river snakes along for few
hundred miles until it empties into the Pacific.
Here lies the beginning of Banks Lake formed by the water held back by
the Grand Coulee Dam.