Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Moses Coulee

On a drive across the state on a winter day long ago I was stunned by the quiet beauty of a place I hadn’t heard of. Moses Coulee. The high plateau between the Columbia River on the west and Coulee City to the east US Highway 2 drops about 600 feet into a broad canyon, which is Moses Coulee. It’s quiet beauty was enhanced by a layer of snow and the fact that I had been living on the East Coast for three and a half years.

It is just west of Grand Coulee and one of my very favorite places, Dry Falls, which is hundreds of feet high and miles wide and was formed in about two days when the ice dam forming a lake in Montana broke at the end of the last ice age.

Ron Judd in the Seattle Times describes the physical location and some on its geography. And they talk about the people who lived there, included Chief Moses, until today. Sadly, one of the biggest draws of people to the area, Jameson Lake, has an algae bloom that prevents a good fishery. (The experts don’t know what is causing the problem.)

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