Grand Coulee Dam

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Grand Coulee Dam

July 11, 2018

Yesterday we drove to see the Grand Coulee Dam.  It is such a contrast to see the Columbia River against the dry countryside.  It makes the water look particularly refreshing.

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Reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam.

Sadly, there is no way for fish to pass the dam.  Instead, the dam funds three fish hatcheries in Leavenworth, Winthrop, and Entiat where they produce over 2 million fish.  In 2016, Reclamation took the first steps to developing the science to look into the feasibility of fish passage and reintroduction.  When the study is complete, Reclamation will decide what to do.

We continue to enjoy the wildlife around the little lake at our campground.  I have been kayaking everyday and often we sit in the shade by the lake and watch the bird activity.  There are lots of juveniles being fed by their parents.  I’m including some favorite pictures from yesterday and today.

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Eastern Kingbird
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Northern Flickers
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Juvenile Canadian Goose
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Killdeer
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Downy Woodpecker
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Bullock’s Oriole nest
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Robin with berries.
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Bullock’s Oriole
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Hawk (not sure what kind)
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Hawk (not sure what kind, same as above)

Heading North

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Robin

As we make progress going north, I continue to be amazed by how green everything is.  As we made our way to north Missouri, we noticed that all the leaves on the trees have not fully leafed out.  Nevertheless, it is still green.  The weather is awesome.  We have been fortunate so far with the weather as we move across the country.

I calculated the mileage and tomorrow night when we camp in South Dakota, we will be half way to our destination near Seattle.  We are stopping in Portland, Oregon along the way.

We have once again found a great campground in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  The name of the campground is Victorian Acres.  We love it.  There are lots of birds.  This evening, I sat at the picnic table taking pictures of the birds who flew by.  This is what I love to do.

Dart seems to be settling in and eating as he should.  I feel more comfortable when he is obviously less stressed.  I think he’s getting into the groove.  Although we could cover many more miles in the day, all of us like keeping it reasonable and stopping early so we can walk around and enjoy the area.  It may take us longer to get there, but we get an opportunity to “smell the roses.”

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Chipping Sparrow