A Chronicle of a Father & Daughter’s Changing Relationship as they travel deep into Mose’s & Frenchman’s Coulees in the Channeled Scablands of Cascadia’s Washington Desert searching for connection as much as for adventure
*This is work in progress with apologies for the delay. Go ahead & enjoy anyway! The rest shall come.
We wormed our way southwards towards I-90, the freeway connecting Seattle to Spokane, heading towards one of our favorite old stomping grounds, Frenchman’s Coulee. Many refer to the greater area simply as Vantage from the almost-ghost town on the other side of the river. This is where I-90 crosses the Columbia River Gorge upstream of Wanapum Dam, a 185 foot tall hydroelectric dam that opened in 1963 a few months before JFK was shot dead half a nation away in Dallas. Frenchman’s Coulee is rich in its own stark, minimalist way, as is much of these barren Scabland regions. They feel timeless, yet are prone to abrupt, cataclysmic shifts such as the Great Ice Age Floods and the even larger basalt lava floods before those. Those floods, known as the Columbia River Basalt Group Basalt Lava Floods, are the largest known such floods discovered on our planet. The immense Ice Age Floods later carved massive channels thru these hardened basalt plateaus to created the deserts known as the Channeled Scablands.
- Thank you for visiting this work in progress.
William Dudley Bass
Tuesday 19 September 2017
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