After breakfast we visited with our neighbors from the last campsite across the bay. While enjoying morning coffee and sitting in the sun we watched a bald eagle circling across the bay and landing in a tree..... above where our camp site is. We shall have to watch closely and see if we can get a better look!
We were invited for a boat ride around Steamboat rock. We didn't hesitate for a moment. It was a lovely ride and we went ashore on the other side which had an beach and walked along the shore while he continued to fish.
After our boat ride we said goodbye to our new friends from Cashmere, Washington as they headed back out for more fishing.....And we prepared for our afternoon hike.
SteamBoat Rock sits like an island at the north end of Banks Lake, that fills the upper Grand Coulee. You can't help but be impressed with the gigantic rock of basalt left behind from volcanic beginnings and violent carving of the landscape from the Missoula Floods.
Today's visitors are often surprised to learn the water surrounding the huge steamship shaped basalt formation has not always been there. After the Grand Coulee Dam was constructed, water was diverted through huge pumps from the back waters of the Grand Coulee Dam.
Our hike (3.7 miles) begins near the waters edge in the center of the rock and zig zags up to the top of the bluff. The hike begins with a gentle incline but there is a 800 foot elevation gain so it is a strenuous hike, the steepest area on loose scree (loose basalt rock that falls from the face of the bluff).
During this section a loose rock fell as Hailey went up before me, falling and it hit my finger. Small injury in the scale of possibilities but it swelled bruising my finger and throbbed throughout the rest of the hike. But we hiked on.....