day 2 // grand coulee

On the drive from Spokane to Chelan, we made a stop at the Grand Coulee Dam. Now this might not seem like a fun thing to, but I majored in civil engineering and have spent my career working in that particular industry. Dams impress the hell out of me. 

Making time for a "fun thing" on any trip, even work trips, is now a high priority for me. Life's short, and it's important to make time to smell the roses, even during business travel.

an exhibit at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitors' Center :: Grand Coulee, Washington

an exhibit at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitors' Center :: Grand Coulee, Washington

Where: the Grand Coulee Dam!

When: October 31, 2016

Why: In a sense, I was in the neighborhood and passing through, and that's reason enough.

What: This exhibit in the visitors' center cracked me up. When the dam was done there was a ceremony where a little bit of water from every state in the US was poured into the reservoir to symbolize that the entire country was invested in the success of this particular project. 

 

1 // lake chelan

My view for a couple of days this week is pretty spectacular. 

view of lake chelan :: chelan, washington

view of lake chelan :: chelan, washington

 What: The view from my room at Campbell's Resort.


Where: Chelan (pronounced ShayLAHN), which is about halfway between Spokane and Seattle.

When: Just after 8am on Tuesday morning

Why: I took a few snapshots from my deck while I was waiting for my presentation to finish saving and uploading. I'm here for a work conference. 

So I learned a few things about Washington. It's pronounced SpoCAN, not SpoCANE. As for Gonzaga, think zigzag - it's not Gon-zaaah-ga" or "Gon-zay-ga." Also, the Grand Coulee Dam is big.