SNOQUALMIE FALLS

September 21, 2011

Driving the “back-roads” from Monroe to  Yelm on our push south, we stopped at Snoqualmie Falls Park and Hydro Electric Project on highway 202.  The first power plant was built above the dam in 1898-99. Stairs built to advantage the view of the falls is filled with adjectives, and breathtaking is one of them.

The fall roars and sends up so much mist it feels like a light rain. The river plunges 270 feet to the bottom, ten stories higher than Niagara falls.

Then, a rainbow greeted us as if on call.

Heavy mists back lighted by the sun created a scene to swallow those adjectives.  This beautiful place is well worth going out of your way to visit. Electrical generation now comes from two power plants, one above and one blow the falls. Workers are currently updating the plant to produce enough electricity for 40,000 homes. Seems a small number somehow, considering the millions it costs per year to keep the plants operating, and the millions to rebuild and update when sun power generation costs so little by comparison.

Adjective concrete steps, sent us on our way with these words:  swirling, curling, smashing, crashing:

ripple, ebb, ruffle, roaring, misting, rumbling, tumbling, rushing.

gushing, sparkling, plunging, roiling, falling, cascading, flowing, pouring, twirling, swirling, whirling, splashing, backwater, current, soaking, misting, breathtaking, falls.

Snoqualmie Falls

September 21, 2011

Yesterday Mary and I traveled about 75 miles South from Monroe…to Yelm, Washington. Instead of going my usual way along the Interstate Highways…we elected to go the “back road” or more scenic way. We traveled Washington State Routes 203, 202, 18, 167, 512, 7 and 507. Along the way we passed Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Power Plant…part of Puget Sound Energy. At 270 feet the falls are ten stories higher than Niagara Falls.

Here are four photos you can click on to see an enlarged view…

This photo is of a picture on an information sign…

To read about the facility…click this link…

http://pse.com/inyourcommunity/king/ConstructionProjects/Pages/Snoqualmie-Falls-Hydroelectric-Project-Upgrade.aspx

We spent the night in the parking lot of the Red Wind Casino and visited with my long-time friends Larry and Jan Seaberg. Larry is an Elder of the Nisqually Indian Tribe which owns and operates the casino…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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