Grand Coulee Dam and a Damn Good Drive

18 Jul
2012
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Google Map of our route to Rainier.

Google Map of our route to Rainier.

Well, we got so excited writing about Mt. Rainier that we skipped writing about the drive there. It was a great drive. We drove through amber waves of grain, Utah-like canyons, and it all started on a ferry. You can street-view it here: Grand Coulee Dam route. It took two days — we stopped in Wenatchee for the night. We’ll probably never go back there …

Driving in eastern Washington is a little tricky — roads don’t always go where you want to go. Or at least they don’t go DIRECTLY where you want to go. We zigged and zagged on the way to Rainier on roads that zig-zagged as well. Most of the drive, we had our jaws dropped, so we kinda failed in the photo department. Luckily, we got out of the car at Grand Coulee Dam long enough to snap a pic (thanks, Lisa) and visit the exhibit. Our timing was perfect — the lake was overflowing and water was flowing through the spillway.

One of the largest masonry structures in the world: Grand Coulee Dam.

One of the largest masonry structures in the world: Grand Coulee Dam.

Close-up of the Grand Coulee Dam spillway.

Close-up of the Grand Coulee Dam spillway.

Every driving day should start with a ferry ride.

Every driving day should start with a ferry ride.