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
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