Posted from near Twisp, WA
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Crescent Bar Area
Grand Coulee Dam
Although we have camped in most of the lower 48 states, Washington State had been missed up to this point. Well, up until now. We'll be "somewhere" in Washington State until September 5th. After our detour to Iowa, we got back on track with our 2018 planned stays and pulled into the Thousand Trails Park near Qunicy, WA. It's actually named "Crescent Bar Thousand Trails" because it's located along the Columbia River approximately 7 miles west of Quincy. We entered Washington from Idaho and had been advised that the eastern part of Washington would be hot and somewhat "desert like". To those who passed along this information you were correct. We had several days over 100 degrees, but at least the humidity was low.
Leavenworth is approximately 1 hour, or 50 miles. The entire town center is modeled after a Bavarian-styled village, including structures and restaurants. The permanent population is around 2000 persons, but the town definitely swells in "tourist" season. It was very crowded and parking is hit-and-miss.
Although Hoover Dam's physical dimensions are greater than Grand Coulee, this dam is the #1 hydroelectric power station in the entire United States. Up until a few years ago when the dam in China was built, the Grand Coulee was the largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world.
Soap Lake. This is actually a small town, with Soap Lake being the star attraction. The Lake is thought to have healing properties as the mineral content in the water is very high. In 2009, the local garden club dedicated a statue named "Calling the Healing Waters". RoadsideAmerica.com touts it as
"Calling the Healing Waters" features a man with bird wings and a woman with a bowl. Promoted as the "World's First Human Figure Sundial" and the "Largest Human Figure Sundial in Existence."
There is a nice public beach where folks can enter the lake. Karen and I both walked in up to our knees and the water is indeed very "slippery". This indicates a very high alkaline level. (A pH of about 10).
The lake consists of two levels of stratified water. The first 81 feet is mineral water and below is a mud-like layer of stronger mineral compositions and microscopic life forms. The most curious concept, however, is that the layers have not mixed in thousands of years. Here's possibly a "regular" getting his mud fix for the day.
After a few days of relaxing, we'll be heading further north in Washington towards the Cascade Mountains.
As always, thanks for stopping by to take a look!