Once it thundered

Dry Falls beauty isn't done justice in this photo.  If you've been there, I'd love to see your photos
Dry Falls beauty isn’t done justice in this photo. If you’ve been there, I’d love to see your photos

Near my childhood home rests a gaping hole in the earth.  It is said to have been the largest waterfall on the planet at one time– five times the width of Niagara Falls.  The only water in Dry Falls now sits quietly below.  From the bird’s eye view at the visitor’s center, the people in the small boats below look like part of the scenery until the distant movement catches your eye.

The area surrounding Dry Falls is fertile ground for curious minds.  Large boulders are scattered about– a young Estela would imagine all the different ways they might have got there. Everything from bowling giants to dinosaur pinball. The great chunks of rock  jumped off the glacier train long ago– some originating from Montana.

Here it once it thundered, roared and clapped.  Mighty water soared.  Some estimates say the water falls were over 300 feet tall.  Some of the ancient creatures that rose and fell near Dry Falls included the Blue Lake Rhino, Saber Tooth Cat and Pygmy Mammoth.

A fellow found down the Columbia River near the border of Washington and Oregon state, may have swam near the falls– who knows?  Kennewick Man or The Ancient One, was found several hours south of Dry Falls.  His bones are some of the oldest and most complete human fossils ever found in North America.  The Ancient One, as he is known, is estimated to have lived about 9,000 years ago.  He was found by accident in 1996 by two boaters on the Columbia River.

This land is full of richness and history.  What’s in your backyard?  I’d love to hear about your local treasures, history and culture.

Interested in reading more about Kennewick Man:  http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/html/kennewick_man.html

Want to know more about Dry Falls:

http://www.nps.gov/iceagefloods/d.htm

One thought on “Once it thundered”

  1. Reblogged this on 4utu and commented:

    One of the things that I wanted to accomplish with my blog is to share local treasures. Letting people know about my backyard is rewarding in itself. The deeper hope is that it inspires you to explore your surroundings and you are able to increase the quality of your life. Most of us go nonstop– it doesn’t matter if your official work day ends at 5 pm or 3 am. I encourage you to find the beauty around you– there are good memories waiting to be made. You don’t have to wait until your official vacation from work to enjoy life. I love the comment on this post from a new person I have had the pleasure of meeting through WordPress– Carol. She shared her insightful reflections. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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