blowing across highway near Othello, Washington.
I read that the Palouse Hills were formed by dramatic events in geology. During ice ages, big ice dams blocked the columbia river. They backed up lakes into the valleys of what is now western Montana. Geologists refer to a giant "Lake Missoula."
The Great Plains of Washington State
Heading west from canyon lands of the
Palouse and Snake Rivers, I called this area the "great plains"
Washington State. It's an area of fairly flat wheat fields that
East of Othello, 2002.
Crossing vast, irrigated fields of the columbia basin, Highway 26 had a good shoulder; until Royal City. After that it was narrow and busy with potato trucks. I found a road that took me north to I-90 with it's wide shoulder. Sleeping one night in an apple orchard, no campgrounds or motels nearby, I was awaken several times by the sound of potato trucks lumbering by. The orchard had a thick windbreak which was easy to hide from everything except for the noise.
Along US Highway 2
Excess grain stored on ground near Wilbur, WA. Image taken 2005.
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