Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Weekend Away - Day 2

We started with a leisurely morning...we tried to watch something on tv...but decided it was inappropriate.  We had cereal for breakfast in our motel room, while we read our daily Bible reading.  (and let Christopher sleep in!  He works so hard, that it is such a joy to be able to let him sleep in.)

Once Chris got up it was time for us to get packed up and to leave the motel by our 11 am check out time.  We planned on taking a bus tour of the dam at noon, so this worked out just perfectly!

Most of the girls (all but Ashley) chose to get a hat as their souvenir from this trip.
This is the "new bus" as Serenity called it, that we got to load everyone onto for the tour.

This is an outdoor work station so that they can bring things off the  dam when  they need repair.  The rails are for the giant cranes that can bring in the parts that they work on in this area

These were the generators, or rather the very top of them, since they go down about another 5 stories she said!
Where we were standing was already 40 feet below the surface of lake Roosevelt.

These very old looking panels are kept in working order, and people are still trained on how to use them.
That way if the computer has a glitch, the dam can remain functional.
When this was first constructed, there were 2 people on each panel to keep things running smoothly.  Each of the generators has its own panel.

 Then the tour took us to the top of the dam.
She gave each of the children a stone to throw off.  Which they LOVED!

This is looking down to 350 foot drop from the top of the dam, to the water below.
 I felt very dizzy, weak and sick just standing up there, so I opted to take Callie and Judah back into the bus...

After a few quick pictures of my wonderful family!

We spent some time looking at all of the drill holes in this side of the mountain.
They drilled these holes to put in the dynamite to blast away the area for the dam and power plants!

While on the tour, they told us about another (free) museum...this one gave a very different perspective on the building of Grand Coulee Dam.

They had a beautiful collection of artifacts, and information on the way of life for the local Native Americans.

This is a picture of Kettle Falls, which were once hallowed fishing grounds for the Native Americans.

They are now completely under water in Lake Roosevelt.  Below is what it looks like today.

For the Native American's, Grand Coulee Dam meant the end of their entire way of life.  They lost sacred and hallowed grounds, migration paths for themselves and animals.  The fish could no longer get beyond the dam, so salmon runs were cut off.  They were promised free electricity for life, but it was never delivered...their museum has a completely different take on the dam.  It is certainly not the 'Hey, look at how great this is, and how much it benefits all of the country, the agriculture, the electrical benefits, the lack of flooding, the engineering wonder that it is, it even helped us win WWII!' (all things we learned at the Visitor Center Museum!)

I am really glad that we went and learned about both sides!

Then it was time for us to head back home!

As we left town, we stopped for fuel...I had to take a picture
of this as I have not seen one in years!

I also had to stop and explain that before everyone
had their own phones, this is what we used, to my children, lol! 

Back at home, it was time for a good night's sleep, and then to get up for church.  We had a wonderful guest speaker by the name of Justin Peters talking on the importance of the integrity of doctrine, false doctrine and discernment.

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