Schaake State Wildlife Recreation Area &

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

 

Saturday, October 19, 2002: The weather forecast was iffy over the cascades, so I decided to head to eastern Washington where it's always sunny (so they say...).  Sandy met us there.  Even John came along (since it was a place where he could hunt).

The original plan was to wander around Schaake, maybe walk down to the Columbia River, maybe shoot some birds...None of us had been to Schaake or Ginkgo before.  Schaake and Gunkgo are both nearby Vantage, WA on the banks of the Columbia river.

The road into Schaake was the roughest road I had ever driven (outside Alaska).  At times, the road was tilted so far that our trucks were listing at least 30 degrees...not too far from tipping range.  The road was also quite steep...I had to engage 4 wheel drive to make it up one particularly steep stretch.

Due to the road's roughness, we stopped earlier than we had planned -- in the southern part of Schaake.  We decided to walk East, through Gunkgo to the river...about 9 miles round trip.

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PICT0068: Looking West at John.

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PICT0069: John, the hunter.  The hunter decided to abort his hunting effort after seeing a rattle snake.

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PICT0070: After walking all that way, we reached a ROAD that led down to the columbia.  A slight disappointment...but the exercise was healthy at least.

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PICT0071: Down on the Colubia.  Sandy, with the I-90 Vantage bridge in the background.

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PICT0072: Buddy.  Looking East across the river.

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PICT0073: Harley, the diving dog!  I threw a rock in the river.  Harley plunged his entire head underwater and came up with a rock.  I don't think it was the same rock I threw in, but hey, it was similar.

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PICT0074: Looking North

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PICT0076: Sandy and Ginger.

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PICT0078: Beaver dogs.

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PICT0079: Headed back to the car through the state park.

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PICT0081: Neat looking moon.