As I am typing this, we are sitting in front of a fire at our campsite in
. Wish we had some marshmallows to roast!! It is a beautiful evening, but we will soon need our jackets. We are again along a river, this time the Bridgeport Columbia River. We are near the Chief Joseph Dam which is a 5,600 ft ‘L’ shaped dam with 27 power generators. Right now with the spring snow melt the spillway gates are partly open. There is a lot of power coming over the falls - you can feel the ground trembling. There are about 10 power producing dams on the Columbia River.
The valleys we have followed today are full of orchards – apples, pears and cherries – none of the fruit is ripe yet this season – I was hoping for cherries. In fact, the wood we are burning in the fire is cherry wood from tree pruning. All the fruit, wheat, plus pasture land is irrigated – anything that is lush green has been watered.
|Orchards along the Columbia River|
|Orchard along the Methow River|
It continued to be a downhill ride for
– It was one of the easiest 62 miles Cal has ridden. In spite of another flat tire everything continues to go well. The weather was in the 80s with sunshine all day, plus low humidity. Our good luck with the weather continues. It is early June and the sun does not set early this far north in Cal , but the evenings do cool down. Washington
I want to make one more comment regarding
. If anyone ever travels through that area the Methow Cabins and Lodge is a fabulous place to stay. Rich and Dolly treat you like you are in their home. Winthrop
Tomorrow our goal is a motel in
. We will be seeing Grand Coulee Dam along the way. Wilbur, Washington
|Chief Joseph Dam - Gates open|
|Chief Joseph Dam|