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The Palouse

By: BriarCraft , 7:28 AM GMT on April 11, 2014

The landscape of the Palouse Prairie is unlike any other landscape I have seen. As I drove in a northeasterly direction from Walla Walla on March 30, I entered terrain of closely packed round hills, seemingly placed at random.

There were no ridges or lines of hills. I watched and hoped for a high spot to pull off the road and take a panorama shot of this fascinating country, but it was not to be. Finally, I came to a relatively straight stretch of road with a broad shoulder and I pulled off to snap another photo.

While I never did catch sight of any fields of the regionally coveted Walla Walla Sweet Onions, it was obvious the Palouse is a prime agricultural area. Most fields, however, still carried last year’s stubble or had only recently been plowed. What do they grow here? Since the majority of my drive through the Palouse was in Columbia County, I did a bit of research and learned that Washington produces 43% of the lentils grown in the U.S. and most of those are grown in the Palouse.

About the time I turned to go west toward Palouse Falls, the landscape changed. The loess hills were left behind and the road climbed into channeled scablands created by the great ice age Missoula Floods. Then, suddenly, there was the Snake River and a long, high, narrow bridge. At just 20 feet wide and with bumpy seams in the concrete deck, I slowed the car to 35mph. I simply didn’t want to drive 50mph over that bridge. Now that I have read its history, I understand why.

This very bridge once spanned the Columbia River at Vantage and was constructed in 1927. In the 1960s, it was decided to replace this narrow two-lane bridge, which had become unsafe for high volume traffic. Amazingly, it was dismantled and placed in storage until 1968, when the state decided to reconstruct the bridge to replace the Lyons Ferry crossing on the Snake River. No wonder I didn’t feel like driving fast over it! A 2012 inspection rated its sufficiency at 63.3%. It is 1,500 feet long and 486 feet above the Snake River and is the oldest steel cantilever bridge in Washington. Average daily traffic is 532 vehicles.

On the other side of the bridge is Lyons Ferry State Park, where I stopped to admire the view and snap some photos. While I was there, I heard a low rumble and wondered if there might be a thunder storm nearby. The rumble continued, and gradually became louder until I saw that it was a very slow-moving train approaching an even scarier bridge. Owned by Union Pacific Railroad, the Joso High Bridge is a massive deck truss bridge that is 3,920 feet long and includes a curve on the south bank of the river. I estimate the train was moving at about 5mph and it took several minutes to cross.

A few miles farther on, I finally arrived at a 2-mile gravel wash-board road that ended at Palouse Falls State Park. 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 it’s current course to the Snake River by erosion of a new channel. Over 200 feet of columnar basalt is exposed around the falls. As I discovered, on a sunny day, with the sun at the proper angle, one can see a rainbow near the base of the falls.

With my back to Palouse Falls, the view very definitely shows how the Missoula Floods carved a channel for the Palouse River.

I hope you enjoyed touring the Palouse with me.
For a longer version of this blog, with more information, please go to my other blog at http://briarcraft.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/the-pa louse/

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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55. Proserpina
1:03 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Easter 2014 @Maria photo PicMonkeyCollageEaster2_zps7ce90ddc.jpg

Wishing you a blessed, joyous and peaceful Easter.

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. ~S.D. Gordon
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54. YelloworangeRose
2:16 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Hi Briarcraft,

I have read your blog in wordpress.com and the topic was about getting older. . As a parent I have thought of that a lot of times especially during the time when i had to go under the knife. It is always good to say what we need to say while we can. and do what we have to do while we could still do it. Hope you have a great day and enjoying the good weather. See you around ^_^.
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53. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:17 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
BriarCraft has created a new entry.
52. BriarCraft
7:03 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Puget: Apparently, you get your votes back after WUalmighty passes judgment on the "feedback".
There are some new things that are nice about NuWU and also some old favorites that are still there, but it is a huge change. And, along with several others, I'm very put out about the lack of concern about what used to make the WUblogs really special.

What were sprinkles yesterday turned into a steady rain today. 0.88 inches according to the nearest PWS. I may end up planting rice after all.
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51. PugetSoundPost
12:46 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Well, I am back. I see your comment "below" came in while I was typing and that nearly all of our ideas are thrown out, apparently. I also wanted to add that every time I go over on your link to look at the voting, I get a whole new set of 10 votes to use! Is everyone else getting the same thing? I just went to see what happened to the 10/11 ideas and had more votes to use again. But they may not matter anyway.
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50. PugetSoundPost
12:32 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Hi Briar, sure is a rainy day today for us! Making up for some lost time this month. It won't help your paddy very much. Anyway, I am happy to see your report about the four photos making a hit at the ballot box. I voted and put up an idea - about linking our blogs to our hometown (and surroundings) town on the forecast page, like it used to be. Later I think I saw someone else maybe had a similar one, so at least I guess it is on the list. I haven't looked back today yet at the voting. I should have before coming on here. Also, I want to say that I am warming up a bit about the radar that seems to be giving everyone fits, including me, and my sister who is a WU user but doesn't write anything around here. Moreover, thanks to a comment I saw from Barefoot, I found out that we just need to click the "nexrad" button on the radar box and also at the bottom of the front page and it takes us back to the "old days"! That is a relief. Also you can change some of the settings for the animation (it is a little different from before) and the speed can be altered and so on. There are some settings that seem to help how it looks and reads, but it is a wonderful thing to get back to the radar at least I was used to. And, I think the wundermap has some interesting features, but it is not good for watching all of our incoming rain. Can't read a thing on it and the scale is irritating, etc. I have poked around more on the website and am maybe getting a tad more relaxed about it, although there are still things I would like changed and it will take a lot longer to ever get "used" to it.
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49. BriarCraft
12:27 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
10 out of 11 of our requests for blog fixes have gone to the "Reviewed" category and have been deleted from active suggestions. So we will get to see who "plussed" our blogs, but none of the other goodies that we really, really care about. We tried, and got 50 votes for restoring the recent 4 photos. Doesn't matter, I guess.
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48. BriarCraft
8:00 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
WW: Be happy. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. NuWU is not ready for primetime and should still be in Beta. At least you have something that is fully functional.

Sandi: I followed your example, and blog reading/commenting is now easier. Crazy that it's now necessary to blog in two tabs, when one used to suffice. One good thing I think has happened with NuWU is that when WU hiccups, at least so far, it has not wiped out my comment-in-progress. Could it be that something actually is better on NuWU than on OldWU?

Poppy: I admit, after I got a look at the "improved" photo gallery, I haven't been back. One of these days I'll work up the gumption because I know there are some great photos I'm missing.

Ylee: That's the best description of NuWU I've seen yet. And it could be true! WUhome isn't that far from the psychedelic capital of the world -- the Haight-Ashbury district. BFH isn't the only one LMAO. I'd better go pick some flowers to wear in my hair.

Thank WU all for putting "Blog author's 4 recent photos in sidebar" at the top of the list for blog fix requests. It is also #4 in the New Site Design feedback's TOP IDEAS and #5 in HOT IDEAS. Not only that, but the Blog list has grown from 4 ideas to 11 in the past 24 hours. Not only are you voting, you are adding more ideas. You make me wish I had more than 10 votes to give. Keep it coming!

http://help.wunderground.com/forums/233172-new-si te-design/category/81357-blogs
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47. BFH
10:14 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Quoting 46. Ylee:

Ya ever thought that maybe the WU logo designers at one time climbed out of a smoke-filled Microbus wearing Jerry shirts? ;' ) Very 1975, lol!

LMAO! I think you may have come up with a logical reason for this fiasco.
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46. Ylee
8:40 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Ya ever thought that maybe the WU logo designers at one time climbed out of a smoke-filled Microbus wearing Jerry shirts? ;' ) Very 1975, lol!
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45. calpoppy
8:29 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Sandi, you can always make nettle tea! Supposed to be quite good for you, and from what I hear the sting in the nettle leaves shortly after you pick them.

Nice blog, Briar! I learn so much on your blogs!

I am trying to get use to the new WU. I do like the size of the comment box though, but really hate it up top! Hopefully they will work things out. I also do NOT like what they did to the photo gallery!!!!! Really not attractive at all, especially on my phone.

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44. sandiquiz
7:21 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
This is what I said in hey blog about the issue you mentioned:-)

Not only do I have to remember the comment box is at the top, I have to remember that bold, italics, the link and image tabs are now at the bottom!! lol It keeps us on our toes!
I open two tabs, both on my own blog, then I can have my comment box on one, and the comments on the other...saves me scrolling up and down so much!

The final score in the nettle battle...one sting to me, but many dead!!! Lol
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43. WeatherWise
7:19 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Hi Briarcraft, Perhaps I am in a reclusive hole somewhere and can't be reached for them to switch me over - my blog -everything is still the same so far....Have the little Communtiy Activity Box scrolling and have your four recent photos. Comment box is still at the bottom. Is so WEIRD that mine has yet to change.
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42. BriarCraft
6:49 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Sandi: Oh fiddle? Me too! Because of the awkward placement of the comment box, I have switched to seeing comments in Newest First order. That is counter-intuitive for me, but I have a worse problem. Frequently, in the midst of typing a comment, I want to refresh my memory what someone said, so I need to scroll to that and then scroll back to my comment-in-progress. Am I the only one who has trouble finding their own comment-in-progress when you have to look for it in the middle of everything else? Ack!

Be careful with those nettles, They can really hurt and, well, sting!

Cloudy: Hi Dave! Good to see you.

GG: No shortage of things to complain about, is there? I am, slowly and painfully, starting to find my way around NuWU. Learning curve aside, this pretty-shiny-WU is not designed to make life easier. Slower. More cumbersome. But lots of bright colors to look at. What more could we want?

HellllOOOOOO back atchya! I'm good. Catching up on much-neglected housecleaning while the weather outside is sprinkly (did I just make up a new word?) How the heck are yoooUUUU?
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41. BriarCraft
6:38 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Quoting 40. kozycolorado:

Just wanting to bump this up. Everyone needs to go vote to replace the photos in the sidebar!

Could someone make this a topic for a blog so it gets more attention? I don't have a blog or I would do it.

Thanks for the bump, Kozy! I just put the reminder and link in the WUproductteam blog. We've got 15 votes so far, but we need a lot more from the WUs in WUville.
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40. kozycolorado
3:57 PM GMT on April 16, 2014

Just wanting to bump this up. Everyone needs to go vote to replace the photos in the sidebar!

Could someone make this a topic for a blog so it gets more attention? I don't have a blog or I would do it.
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39. GardenGrrl
10:01 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
Oh hello, could hardly find the comment box in the loudness of the page.


Anyhow, I guess we will somehow adapt to this. I prefer to keep the conversation focused on travels and weather and what nots as opposed to site design, but I guess this is just a new thing to complain about besides politicians, global warming and old age. Wait. I don't need help with finding things to complain about. Stop this madness WU developers.

And on a friendlier note, Good Morning, how the heck are you?
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38. Cloudyinthewest
9:40 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
Hello BriarCraft,
Those are great photos along the bridge and the Columbia River. Interesting hills on the first picture.
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37. sandiquiz
8:13 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
The sun is calling me out into the yarden, but wanted to say I have voted for the four photos to be returned!

And... oh, fiddle ... I still am scrolling to the bottom of the page after reading the comments, only to "hit myself on the forehead and go DOH!" then have to scroll back to the top!!! lol

Time to go battle the nettles!
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36. BriarCraft
7:02 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
If you miss having the blog author's 4 recent photos in the sidebar and/or if you can't see who liked your own blog, please cast a vote or two at:
http://help.wunderground.com/forums/233172-new-si te-design/category/81357-blogs

Ylee: Palouse-le-Trek? I get it!

Data: Even though we have a shallow water table and mostly flat land that doesn't drain well, I'm happy to have silty loam in the top foot of our soil. We have a clay hardpan that messes up the drainage, but it's 12-18 inches below the surface. Since fluffing it up on Sunday, it is drying out way faster now. Who knows? I might manage to get in some early lettuce and cabbage this year. Hope springs eternal!

We've got just about as much accumulated prunings as you do. We're going to get a local tree service to bring their monster chipper by and convert the whole mess into a pile of wood chip mulch. It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense for us to burn the pile, then BUY wood chips and then PAY to have them delivered.

WW:  With the NuWU, there's a whole lot of learning going on.  And there's not telling whether our favorite features have gone away or if they are cleverly hidden someplace else.  I finally decided to go look at that Wunder Map they seem so proud of and I was shocked to find that is where they moved the road trip planner -- it's the middle tab between Layers and Legends.  Why? I have no idea, because it has nothing to do with the Wunder Map.  I love being able to get driving directions and the weather along the way at the time I'll be there.  It's nice to have that back, even if it's location makes no sense whatsoever.

WTS:  Yes, the radar shows lots of green and yellow off the coast and heading this way.  Wednesday and Thursday are going to be wet, but I hope not to see any standing water in the rice paddy, er, um, garden patch.

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35. WatchinTheSky
3:50 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
Palouse le Trek - owww, sides are hurting!
So, your paddy should be in pretty good shape - I see you have flood warning up! Kitties might be sinking up to knees =:O

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34. WeatherWise
11:00 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
Well, I will be glad when this whole revamp is over. I am finding simple uploading and commenting to be almost impossible. Time I get it typed there is a page freeze and all is lost. Today I thought I would upload a few photos for my blog and that page froze and after finally got them up - have not been approved to use. So decided okay delete them and put them on photo bucket. Funny when I try to delete them I get this message that says:

You don't appear to have any WunderPhotos.

Use the "Upload" link in the toolbar above to upload new WunderPhotos.

Want to learn about uploading WunderPhotos to our website?

Please read the Uploader's Guide for more information.

I have never seen that message before. As I say, things that should just be a simple pop by the computer and do and keep on doing other things around the house turn into major undertakings. Seems everyone's view is different even in same town. I was by a friend's house today and the way he gets to my photos is to go to the WU's weather page for Danville and click on the word Danville under a photo box that has always been there and says Danville, Virginia under it. If you click on Danville you get all of Danville's photos, if you click on Virginia you get all of Virginia's photos. It was no longer on his page so he did not know how to get to my photos. I came home and looked my page and there was the photo box as always. I noticed a few minutes later the box had moved but was still on the page. Time to just take a break from WU and get a few things done! Will check back later and hope it will be better.
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33. Ylee
9:03 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
I guess I'm going to be using Classic until if/when they fix the newest version. Obviously, they didn't care to listen to the bloggers! :P
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32. DataPilot
8:33 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
You're braver with the rototiller than Hubby has been. He keeps looking at the sticky red clay in our garden, and saying, "nope, not today". Even with years of added organic material, our garden soil is still clay just a few inches under the surface.

Speaking of being out of shape, yesterday Hubby and I picked up the masses of limbs and dead bushes that he pruned a few days ago. I'm feeling muscles I haven't felt in years. Our burn pile is now about 40' x 10' x 5', and we're nowhere near done picking up pruning leftovers yet. We have lots of burning to do this year.
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31. Ylee
7:44 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Speaking of word play, could you say your latest travels could be called a Palouse-le-Trek? :' )

Never say never; a year ago, I'd never thought I'd be doing the WP thing, either!
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30. BriarCraft
6:48 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
If you stopped by Ylee's place recently, you know I rototilled yesterday afternoon. And discovered just how out of shape I am! The soil was perfect in some places, but still too wet in other places, so I gradually picked up the extra weight of mud clinging to my shoes. I didn't try for pretty results, but contented myself with mangling the weeds so they can put their nutrients back in the soil and "fluffing" up the surface to speed evaporation. Next time I rototill, it will be easier and I'll get a better result. The tiller beat me into submission. By the time I was about 75% done, I lost the ability to do the lift/pivot motion to turn the corner. Thankfully, DH was willing to finish what I started.

TS: I know that was a word-play! And a fun one, too.

YOR: I hope you will share with us some photos and information about the Philippines. I'm sure there are many beautiful sights.

WW: I suspect what DataPilot said is true. You would see a huge difference if you were looking at what I am seeing.

Puget: I really miss the recent 4 photos in the blog side bar. I now have quick-links in my Firefox toolbar so I can hop back and forth between the Beta-roll-out and WUclassic. The old NuWU is inaccessible, gone forever. The site map, which was available in the Preview, from old NuWU is gone from Beta, but this link still works and might help you find some of what you are looking for:
And here's WUclassic:
NOTE: I can't get the link function to work right on "classic.wunderground.com" but do not type in www. or http:\ before it as that doesn't seem to work, either.

Barefoot: Ritzville seems to be strategically located for me. Coming from where I live, it is exactly where I want a break and usually also need gas. On the return trip from points east, it still seems just the right place for a meal and gas before going on home.

Any idea just how the dirt got to be so red there? It puts terracotta to shame.

BFH: You are right, of course. Sometimes a miserable truck stop in the middle of nowhere will still have a lot of vehicles in the parking lot. Otherwise, if there are choices, I will generally choose the full-service truck stop over a neighboring greasy-spoon.

Rain showers coming in, starting tomorrow, so I need to get in some mowing today. BBL to catch up in the WUblogs.
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29. PugetSoundPost
5:35 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Hi Briar, This comment is going to seem dumb to many readers, but as I follow along on various comments about the new WU, I have not figured a lot of it out. All the links to this and that page and apparent hunting all over the place. Perhaps you have a much better grip on it than I do, not being the most tech savvy person around. So many of the old features seem to be gone, but are they? Have we lost the ability to be linked with our blog to our home town on the forecast page? Are our "most recent photos" lost and gone from the sidebar under our little bio? Is there a place that shows quickly whether we have "mail" (basically a photo comment) without digging many layers deep through pages? Well, for now these are some questions. Perhaps you don't have the answer, but maybe have a better sense of whether these are gone forever, in process, or I am just not seeing them. It almost seems like the developers of this are people who really have never used this website before, and also are not too tuned in to how it has been used in the past. Maybe just hired in to "go make a website". And, I am hoping that it all works itself out as I have always enjoyed this site for many reasons and uses. I love weather and it has been a good place to find out what is happening - where and when, and to connect with other people that bring new dimensions to my little corner of the world. So, I am rooting for it to get better.
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28. Barefootontherocks
5:28 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Hi BriarCraft,
Red dirt. lol For sure one of the differences between landscapes in OK and CA.

Ps. My bad for thinking you might not have dined in Ritzville.
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27. BFH
3:55 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Re: Lots of trucks at a restaurant - Usually your surmise is good, but It may be that the facility is the only one, in the area, with easy highway access and parking available for "big trucks". And a big sign along the highway, doesn't always indicate parking is available for large vehicles. (Don't ask how I know...)
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26. WeatherWise
12:14 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Good Morning, BriarCraft! Hope you had a great weekend or can move this am from all of yesterday's tilling you were talking about over on Ylee's blog I think it was. Tomorrow will be time to pick up my CSA share of fresh veggies, again. Busy day here, I hope, if I get myself in gear.
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25. sandiquiz
12:07 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
I have missed so much by being busy with 'life' - How could I let it get in the way!! lol
It is a wonderful spring day today, and I ought to be out in the Yarden, where there are lots of mini ash trees beginning to grow! Having all the ash trees cut down last year, I thought the seeds would not be growing this year. They must have lain dormant, only to pop up and annoy me this spring as well!! lol

Hope you are well, out and enjoying yourself..... hang on .... you have fog and only 34 degrees:( I'll send you some sunshine and warmth!
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24. DataPilot
2:47 AM GMT on April 13, 2014
Quoting 23. WeatherWise:
Hi Briarcraft, I did not realize the 4 latest photos in sidebar would be gone. I like that and when I click on Beta it is still there. That is why I am saying I see little difference if any - maybe that is why - perhaps my preview of BETA is not like the BETA you are seeing. Which states have already changed over?

WeatherWise, I suspect that you're not actually getting to Beta if you're not seeing much difference.

When you click the orange beta button, are you then clicking on it a second time? If not, you're not getting to beta. You can double-check that you're in beta by looking at the URL. If the URL starts with "preview.wunderground.com", you in beta; if you don't see "preview" at the start of your URL, you're still in the old Wunderground,

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23. WeatherWise
2:25 AM GMT on April 13, 2014
Hi Briarcraft, I did not realize the 4 latest photos in sidebar would be gone. I like that and when I click on Beta it is still there. That is why I am saying I see little difference if any - maybe that is why - perhaps my preview of BETA is not like the BETA you are seeing. Which states have already changed over?
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22. YelloworangeRose
1:11 AM GMT on April 13, 2014
Hi Briar,
Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. Wow what a lovely art of nature! and yes i see a rainbow. you were in the right place on the right time. I love your photos and learned a lot from your blog. It is one good thing of this techology (internet) we get to see places we could not personally go.

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21. Thoughtsteader
11:55 AM GMT on April 12, 2014
Yes, I know about Lollapalooza. I was just doing a little word-play. :-)
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20. BriarCraft
6:26 AM GMT on April 12, 2014
Data: It never occurred to me that Appaloosas were from the Palouse, but it certainly makes sense. I mean the similarity in names. Duh!

When I was a kid, there was an appaloosa breeder/trainer just down the road from us. I don't know if it is true, but the boy who lived there bragged that appaloosas are as fast as a quarter horse and have the stamina of an arabian. I do know they are fine horses. More than that I couldn't say. I learned to ride on a donkey named Nugget.

Barefoot: I know that truck stop at Ritzville. Been there a few times and the food is good. When traveling, I always look for truck stops that have a lot of big rigs around because that says the restrooms are clean and the food is good.

When I stopped at Frenchtown battle site and also the Whitman Mission near Walla Walla, I learned that not only Nez Perce, Palouse, and Cayuse Indians were in that area, but also the Blackfeet crossed the Rockies frequently to trade.

The oak-dotted hills of Oklahoma reminded me of parts of central coastal California. Until I saw the bright red soil, which has nothing similar that I have seen on the west coast.

Ylee: The science fiction of my novel is 35 years out of date now. As this stage of life, I enjoy being able to dabble in this and that -- you know, like blogging, gardening, photography, going on walkabout, reading, making sawdust. No drive for serious writing in me any longer.

TS: Cute! Unfortunately, Chicago already has one of those, so the name is taken.

Skye: Even though there currently are no community links in Roll-out WU, your link takes me to a place that is formatted like the Roll-out. I guess that means they've either hidden the menu in Roll-out or haven't gotten around to making it yet, but the info is there in the big font.

WTS: I'm hoping to explore more of the scablands later this year. The timing will be tricky for me: I want to avoid hot temperatures, but I do want to see the laser light show on Grand Coulee dam which happens summer nights. I'll have to keep an eye on the weather and be ready to go on short notice, I guess.

The mud in the rice paddy is drying out a little each day. Cats can now walk across without sinking in. Meanwhile, I'm sprucing up the herb bed.
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19. WatchinTheSky
4:24 AM GMT on April 12, 2014
Nice follow up to last blog! I'm sure I saw the same Missoula flood show, an event hard to imagine. My one driving trip to Tri cities did not leave time to go further east, the 'scablands' would have been cool to explore.

Time for slogging in the yarden? Good luck ;)

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18. Skyepony (Mod)
3:44 AM GMT on April 12, 2014
That's a neat page.. The link is in the bottom of the box around Community Activity in the old-new WU on all the pages in the blogs. There is a few pages that don't have a new-beta version yet like Community Activity. Usually once you are in those you are back in old-new (or which ever version) & you can navigate tabs from there.. Did it work? or did you end up in a beta version of community activity?

Pretty Appy...
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17. Thoughtsteader
3:00 AM GMT on April 12, 2014
Your photos are wonderful, and DataPilot answered my first question, with her reference to the Appaloosa. Now, here's another question. If they were to have a big music festival in the area, do you suppose they'd call it a Lolla-Palouse-A?

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16. Ylee
2:28 AM GMT on April 12, 2014
I think your book needs to be published on WP, Briar!
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15. Barefootontherocks
9:32 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Also NE WA has some amazing pine forests.

When I think of "the Palouse" I think of Washington State University and of Nez Perce Chief Joseph.
"A series of events which culminated in episodes of violence led those Nez Perce who resisted removal including Joseph's band and an allied band of the Palouse tribe to take flight to attempt to reach political asylum, ultimately with the Sioux chief Sitting Bull in Canada."

Yes, Briarcraft. I consider WA my home territory, and I have seen most of the state. (edit)

Learned the joke about web feet from a wheat farmer in Lincoln County WA (second highest wheat producing county in US) who maintained some of his relatives got claustrophobic visiting Western WA and had to leave after only one day. They couldn't handle being surrounded by trees!

Oklahoma's countryside reminds me of Washington. Most of Oklahoma makes me think of eastern WA, but the rolling, oak-dotted hills around here look like a giant San Juan Valley. Of course, the open land that is the agricultural heart of San Juan Island is way smaller. :)

Your wordpress blog looks wonderful! The "Welcome to..." sign made me wonder if that's where the famous company got its name.

If you do more WA blogs, I might get homesick and have to return. Seriously. Thank you. I enjoyed both these travelblogues.

Oh. You might want to check out Ritzville if you're east of the mountains again and along I90. Good truck stop on outskirts of town, a place downtown that makes every kind of pie you can imagine, and a family restaurant, a chain but excellent, that's right along the interstate at the exit. They were there anyway. Been about 8 years since I've been through Ritzville.

(edited for spelling and miscellaneous boo-boos)
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14. DataPilot
8:27 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Another thing that came out of the Palouse is the Appaloosa horse . That includes one of my favorite equine girls, Vicki. See all those spots in her coat? They're a sign of her Appy genetics.

You are so right about the differences between Oregon and Washington. Western Washington and northwest Oregon are pretty much same-same, but the other areas (especially east of the Cascades) are so different. Eastern Oregon is one big desert, with multiple mountain ranges and lots of tumbleweed. Eastern Washington has a lot more farmland, and one of the biggest cities in the state (Spokane). There's no Spokane-sized metropolis anywhere in eastern Oregon; in fact, when folks that live out there need to go to a big city, they go to Boise, Idaho.
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13. BriarCraft
8:12 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Prose: You snuck in while I was typing and editing a long comment in Beta is impossible, hence a new comment to reply to you.

Those stripes in the hills may or may not be the same crop planted at different times. I was able to identify stripes of last year's crop stubble, stripes of new spring wheat, and stripes of tilled soil.

Thank you for your kind words! They feel good! In answer to your query, you probably saw a comment I left at Ylee's Chapter 2 on WordPress . I wrote a science fiction novel in the 70s and 80s by hand, typed it up, edited, retyped, photocopied, collected a few rejection slips, finally typed it into the computer in the late 80s, and there it sits. That exercise did teach me how to string words together into coherent sentences and also to type 120 words per minute. I did manage to make use of those writing skills creating business newsletters and doing a bit of technical writing for software packages. Now, it's coming in handy with my blogging.
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12. BriarCraft
8:02 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Ylee: I'm sure those wide ribbons on the hills are for erosion control. I did see something similar somewhere in southeastern Idaho -- or was it eastern Montana?. I only remember seeing them on a vacation when we visited both Yellowstone to Glacier in 1975. Anyway, the hills were bigger and shaped differently, but only every other strip was freshly plowed, while alternate strips already had half-grown wheat.

PSP: I have really become fascinated with eastern Washington. I prefer living where I can complain about the rain, but there is so much to explore on the dry side. I was born in Oregon and lived there for half my life, so I got to explore some of eastern Oregon. I'm learning that eastern Washington is NOT more of the same. There are similarities in places, but also a lot of differences. More exploring to come in the future, as I can fit it in.

WW: Glad I could identify the mystery greens. I grow lots of greens, so have learned to recognize many of them. I'm going to make it over to your photos this afternoon on break time. Promise!

Sandi: Thanks for leaving a comment over on the "dark side". I'm starting to like it over there and it was really easy to create the blog there, then do some copy/paste over here and insert some photos.

Skye: I'm sorry I didn't respond to that comment in the previous blog. Now I'm curious how you found that link. Must be from NuWU. I don't even see a Community button or menu in BetaWU. In fact, until now, I never knew how many photos I had commented on. I guess that's why you are a Moderator -- you know how to find stuff that the rest of us don't. I'm going to bookmark that link because I may never find it again.

Barefoot: I know you once lived in Washington. Did you ever make it to the dry side to do much exploring?

GG: I have seen some of the Badlands of North and South Dakota. Didn't have a lot of time to explore, but I did see enough to be able to appreciate the fascinating terrain.

I don't know about renting a bus, but I do love to play tour guide. You and spouse ever make it to Washington or Oregon, I would do my best to show you the sights until your camera's memory card screams for help.

Dianna: I have been really intrigued by the Missoula Floods ever since I saw a program about them on TV a couple of years ago. I just can't wrap my head around the concept of a lake half the size of Lake Michigan being completely drained in 2-3 days. No wonder it carved the land!

For people like you and me, spring and fall are the best times to explore the dry side. In winter, it's too cold. And in summer, it's too hot. Just like goldilocks and the three bears, spring is just right.

Mike: I included links to all the places where I found the info included in the blog. If you have time, some of that is fascinating reading. I especially got a kick out of learning that a bridge over the Columbia was taken apart and put in storage until it was needed elsewhere. Never heard of anything like that before!
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11. Proserpina
7:57 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
This is a fabulous blog. Love every bit of your travelogue and history. You definitely are a superb writer. You held my interest and left me wanting more (yes, I'll visit wordpress). Love the photos and am fascinated with the first photo. What determines those stripes in the lovely hills? I assume different plantings. Please keep on taking your side trips and keep writing. Talking about writing, did I read somewhere that you wrote a book? Was it published? What genre?

So glad that I came by to visit with you.
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10. clearlakemike
5:03 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
I am going to comment on this new blog/tour over at WP when I get the chance.
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9. osdianna
4:57 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Don't forget grapes for all the fine Washington wines, apples, cherries, hops. The first (and only) time I got to the east side of the Cascades was a trip over Hwy 12 through White Pass with spectacular views of Mt Rainier, and as I drove down to the other side I could smell ripening fruit...peaches! I was on my way to the HawkWatch site above Chelan, so it was a brief visit. I just bought a car that will make it possible for me to drive anywhere I want in the state, and so your travelog is not only beautiful but informative! The dry side was always my dad's favorite side of the state, specifically for the geology, which is my interest too. I think he would rather have lived over there, but my mom hated the constant wind.

I remember watching a program on the local Bay Area PBS channel while still in high school (1959-1962!) about the Great Missoula Floods and thinking that would be an awesome thing to have seen. Part of the program showed the hills you mention from the air....as ripples left behind from the huge volumes of water. The floods from the ice age dams breaking happened several times...bringing the water and gravel all the way into the Puget Sound.

Let's see; what weed could you be talking about...could it be shotweed? First one to get in your face about weeding...or at least it is out here on the coast...horrid stuff! My problem is kneeling...can't do it any more, so pulling shotweed entails bending over at the waist...not a pretty sight! I can see the day gardening, for me, will be a raised bed thing.

Gorgeous photos, so I will have to go look at more on the wordpress site....and plan my own trip to the dry side.
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8. GardenGrrl
3:57 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Wow. Serious eye candy as far as the road can take you. The rolling hills had to be just plain fun to watch go by while you are driving.
The last picture is like an emerald badlands if you have ever been to S Dakota. Beautiful.

So, when are you going to rent a small bus and start up a tour business?
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7. Barefootontherocks
3:20 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Yes it is amazing how much Eastern Washington is different from Western Washington. And you don't need webbed feet over there :-)
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6. Skyepony (Mod)
3:15 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Great pics! That really put the waterfall in perspective.. Crazy train bridge:)

Also from last blog..

Wunder what version this would put you in.

Thanks about the crow scetch..that was a fun one to draw.

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5. sandiquiz
2:46 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
I went over to the "Dark Side"... I mean WP side to leave a comment:)

Up to my armpits in bus-y-ness, so will be back after the weekend - have fun:)
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