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Day trip to Frenchman Coulee and Taunton- part 2

After some fun at the gem shop we finally made it to Frenchman Coulee! We found this waterfall which you can also see from the other side of the coulee.

And this is the view we had of the coulee!

Our jackalope mascot, Roama (also known as Timber Rattler), ventured to the coulee with us.

More lovely desert flowers.

So dainty!

Wonderful yellows!

And look at those deep purples!

These might be my favorite desert flowers.

When traveling you should always take a roll of toilet paper with you! I discovered a sad porta-potty without toilet paper and I was super happy to have this guy with me!

There are sand dunes in the coulee. You can see them in the distance. The hike back to the sand dunes was roughly one mile. We gathered up our cameras and water and got walkin'!

There was a rough path going to the sand dunes and trails leading to places where climbers like to go.

More dainty flowers.

Flowers and sage brush.

These are rather pretty.

Sage brush as far as you can see!

This was looking back towards the car. You can see a tiny speck in the distance that is the car.

Happy hikers!

And there are the sand dunes!

That is much steeper than it looks!

The sand dunes are way bigger than they appear from the road. Eric went hiking towards two other dunes in the area.

I brought my Polaroid camera with me to take some desert shots.

We had gorgeous weather for this trip!

I decided to hike to the top of the dune.

It was a steep hike! I was huffing and sweating when I made it to the top.

Steep! Get movin' legs!

View from the top!

I sat down for a rest on the top of the sand dune.

Sandy ripples.

We noticed this line of greyish dirt along the trail. Can you guess what it is?

It's Mt. St. Helen's ash!!

After leaving the coulee we ventured to the town of Taunton.

We traveled on a very small back road with open ranges. We didn't pass another car the whole time, but we did pass a mama cow and her baby!

Baby stood up and stretched.

Baby was also kind of suspicious of us. Little baby decided to hide behind mama.

And this is Taunton! There was never a town here, but there was a substation for the railroad.

Here's the substation.

It's been abandoned for quite some time.

The substation is in rather bad condition.

It's pretty trashed inside.

Eric and I love investigating old buildings!

Why not?

Chop shop?

These stairs lead to the lower level of the substation. That stuff along the wall is bird droppings! It was rather smelly and dirty so we opted to not go downstairs.

Best wishes to you substation!

People had carved their names into the side of the hill behind the substation. I used a pocket knife and did the same!

Thanks for following along with us! We had a great trip with great weather and photos! We're already planning for our next day trip! See you on the road!

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Day trip to Frenchman Coulee and Taunton- part 1

Yesterday Eric and I went on our first day trip to central Washington this year! I love the Washington desert! I took about 230 photos and I’ve whittled it down to 125 or so to share with you. I’m going to split our day into two separate blog entries so you’re not overwhelmed with photos! Also, Eric and I have a travel blog called Hey I’m Over Here. Click the link to visit our travel blog for even more fun and photos from our trip. We have a Facebook page for our travel blog too! Feel free to like us to stay up to date on our adventures!

We headed east on I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass. As you can see they still have a ton of snow in the pass. And that snow isn't piled up snow from plowing...that's just normal snow fall that hasn't melted!

These are ski cabins for rich people. I bet they don't dig themselves out.

In Easton, Washington we spotted this guy. Eric's a train guy so we stopped for some photos.

We were even able to walk inside of the train car!

This was also in Easton.

Roslyn, Washington. This is where Northern Exposure was filmed!

Roslyn had some fun murals. I think this one looks like Ron Swanson from the show Parks and Rec!

Marlon Brando.

Back on the road we spotted some windmills. Over the past few years Washington has been installing more and more of these in the central part of the state.

We were chasing down this train to snap a shot of it with Eric's Holga camera. A stop sign in the middle of nowhere made us abort the operation.

More windmills. There was a visitors center for the Wild Horse Wind Farm. Apparently that's what they're calling the windmills. We stopped by to check it out though.

These things are huge!

The drive to the visitors center was three miles out of the way, but we've driven longer distances to see less exciting things!


In the distance to the right you can see Mt. Rainier. And in the distance to the left you can see a tiny bit of Mt. St. Helens!

Mt. Rainier.

Mt. St. Helens!

It was warm and sunny and windy on the top of the hill.

Hedgehog cactus! See them there in the middle of those rocks?

Look how big the propellers are! Scary big I might say!

We brought Mighty O donuts along with us on the trip! It was donut time after we got back to the car from the visitors center.

Here's the Columbia River! There used to be a ferry here so you could cross the river. That was many many moons ago and now there's a big fancy bridge to take you to the other side.

This is looking down the Columbia. The fancy bridge is way off in the distance.

Old ferry waiting lines.

We drove a short distance to a higher elevation, but in the same area, to go to the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. Those chunks on the ground are actually petrified wood!

Petrified wood and desert flowers.

Looking up the Columbia again. Those trees at the bottom left is where the ferry used to pick up the cars.

We had petrified wood here AND petroglyphs!

These are not their original location though.

These were originally a few miles north of here.

Someone decided to build a dam and if these were still in their original location they would currently be under water. Dams are destructive.

These are just awesome!

More chunks of petrified wood.

The Ginkgo Gem Shop is right beside the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park. They have a store, but behind the store they have a bunch of rocks and petrified wood that you can sort through and buy!

Petrified wood! We have a piece of petrified birch wood we bought a few years ago.

And of course the gem shop has some dinosaurs in front of their building!

Dinosaur friends!

A lovely day, no?

Come back for part 2 tomorrow!

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