Wednesday, July 19, 2017

More dam pictures

LOL!!
This is the Rock Island dam and doesn't the
background look fake??
It's sooooo pretty.
 Chief Joseph Dam and it was wild,
water gushing out everywhere.
 They let you get up close and personal to the water too.

 And a stairway that walks down into it
where one could fish.
We made some friends.
Marmosets were interested in us for the moment
and then went and hid. 
 There were quite a few of them living there, and once
they thought we left they popped back out.
 The Grand Coulie dam was huge.
Very pretty- we had a coffee break right down
there next to it.
I was a bit disappointed that there was no water flowing.
 They had an interesting museum at the visitor center
with all kinds of artifacts that were used
to build the dam.
It was built between 1933 - 1942.
Interesting note Arlo Guthrie wrote a folk song, recorded in 1941 for the dam.
He was commissioned by the Bonneville Power Administration
as part of the film documentary.

It was kind of catchy - here are the lyrics...

Well the world owns seven wonders as the travelers always tell.
Some gardens and some towers, I guess you know them well.
But now the greatest wonder is in Uncle Sam's fair land.
That King Columbia river and the great Grand Coulee Dam.
She come up the Canadian Rockies where the crystal waters glide,
Comes a-roaring down the canyon to meet that salty tide
From the great Pacific Ocean to where the sun sets in the west,
That big Grand Coulee country in that land I love the best.
In the misty glitter of that wild and windward spray,
Men have fought the pounding waters and met a watery grave.
Once she tore men's boats to splinters but she gave men dreams to dream,
That day that Grand Coulee dam went across that wild and restless stream.
Oh Uncle Sam took up the notion in the year of thirty three,
For the factory and the farmer and for all of you and me.
He said: roll it on Columbia, you can roll out to the sea
But river, while you're rolling you can do some work for me.
Now from Washington and Oregon you can hear them factories a-hum,
Making corn and making manganese and light aluminum.
Always a flying fortress to blast for Uncle Sam,
That King Columbia river and the great Grand Coulee dam.
Well the world owns seven wonders as the travelers always tell.
Some gardens and some towers, I guess you know them well.
But now the greatest wonder is in Uncle Sam's fair land.
That King Columbia river and the great Grand Coulee Dam


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