exploring the palouse
We began our spring vacation by driving across the state to Eastern Washington, and more specifically Walla Walla, to visit family and to see some natural beauties. The few days following were filled with exploring the history of the Palouse and its geological features. It is a beautiful area, with both rugged and smooth features carved out by the Missoula floods during the Pleistocene epoch. Sylvan lived out his childhood in the Palouse region and has been through many life cycles since seeing the region last. We decided to follow the wisdom of Marcel Proust, as he stated,
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
So here we were, ready to take in the area with two pairs of new eyes.
Driving to Palouse Falls was nice. It reminded me a lot of driving through the small rural towns in Missouri, with older brick and mortar buildings, one main street, and farm houses surrounded by relatively newer development. One thing that really stood out though was the unique landscape. The rolling hills of the area have been molded and farmed, and are primary producers of wheat and legumes. The hills glow green and gold and, against a bright blue sky, the landscape is exceptional to drive alongside. We shared our thoughts on the beauty of the landscape and some of the imagery we came up with included light cloth flowing in the wind, thick velvet, heavy with ripples and curves, and a silent, sleeping giant, resting his bones beneath the layer of green.
Palouse Falls is beautiful. It can sometimes be tough to capture the beauty of a scene, especially trying to convey the beauty of 200 feet of rushing waterfall. It is a vast, vast space, and the sky goes on forever in each direction. I feel so lucky to be living in the mossy forests of the Coastal Range, but seeing the rugged beauty of the carved rock also brings me overwhelming joy. Imagining what once was, the power that pushed through the earth, the water and ice that carved these rocks — it is all so powerful.