Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Palouse Falls

Last weekend we had great weather and took a 2 hour drive to the famous Palouse Falls, which seems to appear out of nowhere. The falls is on the Palouse River, upstream from the confluence with the Snake. If you look it up on Google Earth, it's really amazing to see this 200 feet falls. At first all you see is solid brown but as you zoom in closer and closer it will appear as a big hole in the earth. When we got out of our car I could hear it and just a short walk to the edge gave us this magnificent view. For years it was called Aput Aput which means falling water. In 1951 it was changed to commemorate the Palouse Indians.




We walked around the upper edge so we could get several vantage points. I felt bad for my daughter because she packed her camera and tripod and forgot her memory card at home. This is very frustrating for a photographer. So I had to make up for it. These are a few of the basalt spires that form the canyon. It's amazing to think that this area was once covered in water. Four years ago a young man actually took his kayak over the falls and lived to tell about it. It can easily be found on YouTube.


After the falls, the water calmly flows away

I was especially intrigued by what they call Castle Rock, a fascinating set of spires that sits just left of the falls. This is a view from the distance.


And this is a close up. As we walked around to the other side I could see it from above. Sure wouldn't want to fall on it!


This is a place I've wanted to go to for a long time and it ranks up there with one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. In every photo, we noticed the trails way down below and just couldn't figure out how people got down there. We would like to go back someday, without our dog, so we can try our hand at getting a closer look. Maybe.