Keep the Show on the Road! Posted June 15, 2010 Report Share Posted June 15, 2010 Sheila and I just returned from a mini road trip, that thanks to American Road Magazine, turned out to be another great two lane adventure. We planned to meet friends in Ellensburg, Washington, and visit Lake Chelan, which we did. But we couldn't decide what to do after we left Lake Chelan. Thanks to the Coulee Corridor banner ad on the forum, we decided to drive the corridor from Grand Coulee Dam south to Ephrata. We visited the famous Grand Coulee dam in the late 1940's and it has been all these years since I have again seen water coming over the top! I suppose our few visits in the last 60 plus years have been in the summer when the level of the lake wasn't as high. It brought back memories, but an even bigger surprise awaited when today I revisited some old Kodachrome slides Dad took back then. Being an old road guy, I took a video driving across the bridge that is downstream from the dam. It was no great masterwork, so I didn't plan to include it in the post. But as it turns out, I accidentally captured the site of one of the old Kodachrome shots. I had to mess with the Kodachrome photo quite a bit as it was both faded and over exposed, but thanks to Corel's Photo PaintShop Pro (my favorite editor), I pulled out the shot of me, my aunt and uncle, and my sister, taken about 1949. I plucked a frame from the video for comparison...a "Deja View" for sure! And an amazingly lucky shot, considering it was just happenstance. BTW, here is the movie....MOVIE The comparison is unmistakable, but Dad had a 50 mm lens on his Kodak 35mm camera and my lens was a 28mm for the video, so perspectives are different. But look at the detail, including the break in the curb. I had no idea I was taking a video of a place I had stood over 60 years ago. I didn't even remember the old Kodachrome, but what a kick. The other shots are taken from various perspectives around the dam. The one with the insert gives some idea of the size of the dam. I have been on top, inside, and below Grand Coulee, Bonneville, and Boulder, and when Grand Coulee has water coming over the top, it wins the "most impressive" vote. The drive down the Grand Coulee is beautiful and always impressive. You drive along Banks Lake much of the way, and are enclosed in massive cliffs on both sides. And Dry Falls is always spectacular. The evidence of the massive Missoula Floods is everywhere. Unfortunately, mother nature decided to cloud up and rain on us at Coulee City and southward, so up went the top, and we whizzed past lots of otherwise interesting stops. But it was a great day. Keep the Show on the Road! Dave Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.