Sun Lakes, and Steamboat Rock
June 7, 2015 by Rob
Next to our sunrise shoot in Peshastin, day 22 was our earliest start. We were rubbing eyes at 4:50am, getting Dane settled in his car seat with some cereal, Meg settling in on the futon for some editing, and we hit the road to Sun Lakes.
I remember taking a field trip to Sun Lakes when I was in the 6th grade, and the geological history of the area struck me as amazing then as it does now. The basalt of eastern Washington was formed by one of the largest lava flows on Earth, in places stretching over a mile thick and covering over 60,000 square miles. Then the area was hit by the Ice Age floods, carving channels through the basalt and making the geological features that we marvel at today. Sun Lakes is a basalt basin carved out by the floods, as are many of the other locations we’ve visited in eastern Washington, such as stunning Palouse Falls.
We stopped at the overlook to take in the view before descending into Sun Lakes State Park. The campground was close to the beach, the water very clean, and overall they maintain some very nice day use areas.
The temperature climbed rapidly, and on reflection, if I were camping here I don’t think you could get me out of the water. After we finished up capturing stills of the main park, we noticed a road that headed north. While the highway climbs up to the rim, this road appeared to stay along the bottom of the canyon. We decided to explore, and found a couple of smaller lakes which seemed to be primarily used for fishing.
Completing the capture for Sun Lakes, it was time to head home! We have three days left of shooting, but those shoots will be for parks that are within a day’s drive of Spokane. We’ll chip away at those as we get settled back in and prepare for all the projects we have starting in July. So even though we’re not done yet, this certainly marks the end of a chapter.
On our way home we stopped at Bank’s Lake Brew, which is now our favorite stop every time we head west on Highway 2. It is amazing, as is the kind and creative owner, Tati! We ordered homemade breakfast sandwiches with veggies that were grown in Tati’s own garden. Then, when we were just about finished with our sandwiches, fresh maple bars came out of the oven. If Banks Lake Brew was in Spokane, I would eat there every day and take everything from our kitchen to Goodwill. Seriously.
Our next park adventure will be a day trip out toward the Canadian border, to check out a lake and a cave! Stay tuned!
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