John & Anne Wiley

2010/09/07

Glacier To Medford

Here are a few more pix from the Glacier Park to Medford leg of our NxNW Adventure. We were telling friends the other day that it’s fun to review the pix again for this review of the trip, because each photo puts us right back in that moment. It’s impossible to really remember the trip, aside from the vivid memories that come up at random. Looking at the pix though, calls up the memories quite strongly. We can look at one and start talking about what was going on at that moment, and find ourselves drawn back into more than just the visual framework. For example, when I saw this dam at Coeur d’Alene it seemed as if I could smell the river and feel the spray on my face.

0727 Coeur d'Alene Dam

0727 Coeur d'Alene Dam

I remember wondering what the lake and these falls looked like before the two dams were built (the original post during our trip has a wide shot that shows them). Then below the other dam I noticed bright colors below the rapids.

0728 River Run

0728 River Run

The three boats at the right, and a few boats among the cabins on the near shore, got me imagining the fun of going down the river. Watching the shore drift by, dabbling my feet in the ripples…

Later near where the Snake joins the Columbia, the landscaping done by massive floods over millennia offered shapes that are endlessly fascinating. Musings seemed to flood the plane.

0734 Flood Plane

0734 Flood Plane

I’ve already shared the best snaps of Crater Lake (though the low light and air quality challenged my ability), so I’ll close with this shot Anne caught in the fading light as we turned “base” to land at Medford. I sighed deeply again looking at it just now, as my heart and mind overflowed again.

0372 Medford Dusk

0372 Medford Dusk

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