April 28th, 2012
I recently took a road trip out to Eastern Washington for the first time. Once you leave Seattle the “Emerald City” heading East and cross over the heavily forested Cascade Mountains you are suddenly in a very different Washington. The trees give way to arid rolling hills, valleys and canyons (with interesting rock formations) then some irrigated farmland, before you hit the arid rolling hills again.
As you get closer to the city of Spokane in far Eastern Washington you start to once again come into farmland, the land becomes more mountainous and suddenly there are trees again! Then across the northern stretches of Eastern Washington you go through more mountainous and forested terrain, dotted with numerous man-made lakes such as Lake Roosevelt and dams including the massive Grand Coulee Dam one of the largest concrete constructions in the world. Then this makes way to farm land again, before you hit more arid rolling hills and canyons.
As you get closer to the Cascades to the West again you are suddenly amongst fruit orchards near Wenatchee. Further south towards Yakima you enter more arid rolling hills and valleys then rich farmland and wine country!
My return was over the Cascades via White Pass, I had hoped to take photos of Mt. Ranier but it rained the whole time up in the mountains and I couldn’t see a thing, but it was interesting to see snow still on the ground and some impressive scenery in the valleys of the Wenatchee National Forest including the Clear Creek Falls.
The variation in terrain and scenery in Washington state really is impressive. I will make other blog posts soon with more photos from my journey to the arid and not so arid East.