Ok, I’m getting to the Frenchman Coulee hike, but first check out a few photos from the Wild Horses Monument. These stunning steel stallions were placed high on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River in 1989 as part of the Washington State centennial celebration. Since then thousands of people passing below on I-90 have looked up and been surprised by the herd of wild mustangs galloping along the ridge top.
After scrambling around with the horses for a while we headed up river a few miles to an area know as Frenchman Coulee. A sagebrush scrubland of giant basalt columns, sand dunes, desert wildflowers and a wonderful plunging waterfall. Note: if you travel here in the heat of summer you’ll still have sagebrush and basalt columns but the wildflowers and water will be a just distant memory.
Our hike was gonna be about 4-5 miles round trip, with a very minimal 200 feet of elevation gain.
Well, we picked a beautiful day for a desert hike. The temperature stayed about 60 degree F, and wind never got to more than a gentle breeze. If you check out the picture above and follow the two dark basalt ridges in the distance… we started at the far end of the second ridge. That’s one of the things I like about desert hiking. Views that go on and on for miles.
So if you wondering if there was going to be a video at the end of this story. Well, here you go:
That background music was Mustang Sally, from the movie The Commitments, and Friend of the Devil, by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman.
So following that little adventure we were back home for about 17 hours and then off on another camping trip with the Dudes. Stay tuned..