Not exactly risk everything and go for broke. It’s more like determination to get there on highway I-90 packed with cars heading to eastern Washington over the past long Memorial Day Weekend.
The Robinson, Kukal, and Hallak families love Sagebrush Country. In fact the Kukals, own a cabin there, surrounded by rolling acres of sagebrush. The Robinsons, Kim & Ted, purchased an acre of sagebrush nearby. The Hallaks, went along for the ride, and family fun time.
Boat in tow, they traveled to Sagebrush Country and took in Banks Lake’s water beauty and warm, sun-filled days.
Then went on to enjoy their sagebrush properties at the first-rate hideaway, Rimrock Meadows in Douglas County, Washington. Of course the entrance to Rimrock Meadows was on Sagebrush Drive, about a 24 minutes drive from Ephrata, WA, via Sagebrush Flats Road.
Rimrock Meadows lies on the eastern slopes of Washington’s beautiful Cascade mountain range and is located about 16 miles Northwest of the small town of Ephrata in the heart of Washington State. Wenatchee, the largest nearby town, is about 40 minutes away and Jameson Lake, renowned for its great fishing, is about a 20-minute drive from Rimrock. The property is located on the edge of Moses Coulee, one of the most beautiful areas in Central Washington. Grand Coulee Dam is about an hour’s drive and there are numerous other “natural wonders” in the surrounding areas such as the Columbia River, Soap Lake, Moses Lake, Whisper Lake and Lake Chelan. Rolling wheat fields grace the areas surrounding Rimrock Meadows.”
Rimrock Meadows – P.O. Box 1195 – Ephrata, Washington 988823 – (509) 632-9800
You get the point. Sagebrush is noteworthy, and dominates this blog post. You’ll know a lot about it if you read more than the first four paragraphs. I can promise you a riveting read! Overall, sagebrush hints of romance in Zane Grey’s Sagebrush Western Books, it’s medicinal, animals eat it, and its clean scent makes you feel healthy and alive. Don’t confuse it with rolling around, dry spindly, bramble-like, no foliage tumbleweed. Sagebrush is sage-green, and stays put.
Of course there’s more to the sagebrush look. Sagebrush steppe is a type of shrub-steppe, a low rainfall natural grassland characterized by the presence of shrubs, and usually dominated by sagebrush, any of several species in the genus Artemisia. Shrubsteppe communities form the western landscape of open sagebrush plains, rimrock, and tumbleweeds, and historically dominated the landscape in eastern Washington. Some of the many species of wildlife that inhabit shrubsteppe can only be found there. Greater sage grouse, sage sparrows, sage thrashers, and pygmy rabbits depend on sagebrush and are termed “sagebrush obligates”. A host of other birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects are found primarily in sagebrush-steppe or other shrubsteppe communities.
A Must See – Moses Coulee Canyon
Moses Coulee is a beautiful canyon in the Waterville plateau region of Douglas County, Washington. This water channel is now dry, but during glacial periods, large outburst floods with discharges greater than 600,000 m3/s (21,000,000 cu ft./s) carved the channel. With its Ice Age flood carved, steep-walled coulees, its pothole lakes, dunes, haystack boulders, waterfalls and scablands—this area is home to a rich and fragile mosaic of rare living things. Between the shrubs and grasses grow a profusion of wildflowers, including sulfur lupine and the vibrant bitterroot, long a favorite food harvested by native peoples.
Illustration of the glacial impacts showing the events leading to the formation of Moses Coulee
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