Today we headed to one of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest natural wonders, Snoqualmie Falls.
This is the site that the Snoqualmie River plunges down 270 feet, over 10 stories higher than Niagara Falls.
And at the top corner of the falls, you can see the Snoqualmie River Hydroelectric Project. The energy generated from the water is powered by Puget Sound Energy.
The power company owns and maintains the popular 12-acre park and observation viewing decks in the immediate area.
Once an area that held deep spiritual significance to this area’s native Snoqualmie people today, it remains a frothing, misty marvel to approximately 2 million annual visitors from around the world.
Snoqualmie Falls Featured On Twin Peaks T.V. Series
Although, you may already be familiar with the scenery. That is because the tumbling slow-motion waterfall seen on the opening credits of David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks is actually the Snoqualmie waterfall.
Although the lower hiking trail and parking lot were closed due to water damage and construction, we were able to get an up close view from the top of the observation decks.
As you walk down the trail and even before you even can see the falls, you can hear the roar of the water crashing down to the river below.
Although, with just a short walk down a paved trail. the falls seem to appear out of nowhere.
The sheer power of the water toppling down over the rocks is simply breathtaking.
And off in the distance, you can see another area where water pours out from the bottom of the cliff into the river below.
Here we came to learn that this is the residual water that is recycled from Hydroelectric Plant One.
The leftover, clean, gushing water pours back into river and provides it’s own unique sense of beauty.
The upper observation trails and deck also leads you above another smaller, but still majestic waterfall. Although you can’t get a great view of this smaller falls, it is amazing to hear the sound of the force of the water as it cascades below.
A Flower Farm
As we left the Snoqualmie Falls, we decided to stop at a local Flower Farm not too far from the Falls themselves.
We noticed the beautiful flowers that were planted in a low lying farm field as we drove through Fall City.
Both of us were amazed at the beauty and curious as to what the variety of flowers were, so we decided to stop and take a look.
Outside of a small red shed sat beautiful bouquets of flowers that were for sale.
We introduced ourselves to the polite young lady inside and asked if we could take a closer look at the flowers that were still growing in the field.
She informed us, that the only flowers left for the season were Kale Flowers. All of the other flowers were finished for the season and it was time to dig and work the soil in preparation for next year.
She graciously gave us permission to walk the fields. And in the back corner we came across the still growing, and absolutely beautiful Kale Flowers.
The flowers held various shades of white and purple hues that were simply gorgeous. Then the final row housed what looked like more traditional, purple kale leaves that were most likely used for ‘greenery’ in the bouquets.
Although these rows looked beautiful today, we both could only imagine what this Fall City Flower Farm looked like during the peak summer season.
However, this is the exact reason why we travel along the back roads of America as often as we can!
Happy Traveling! Jim and Mary
CURRENT TRIP STATS
- Day 52 of 365
- States Visited 9 / 50
- National Parks / Monuments Visited : 10
- Stayed In : Issaquah, Washington
- Miles Driven : 50.9
- Total Trip Miles To Date : 6851.3
- Total Gallons Used : 515.15
- Biking Miles : 8.6
- Biking Miles To Date : 128.4
- Hiking Miles : 1.1
- Hiking Miles To Date : 128.0
About Our Living Simple Tour
On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States