Sunday, July 06, 2014

Viewing the Moses Coulee, the lesser known but equally splendid coulee as its better known neighbor, the Grand Coulee, one is easily lost in the vastness of the area. Huge towering walls of basalt cliffs line both sides of the coulee and sagebrush as well as a lone cactus carpet the floor.

Wind is channeled through the coulee providing a nice, albeit warm, breeze in which to cool oneself.

There are actually two trailheads. One, the above, is found about four miles from the road. Another, marked as Nature Conservancy, is only about 2-2 miles from the road. We stopped at both.

Both have reasonably adequate parking offroad. The further of the two even allows for several vehicles to be parked near each other without hindrance of traffic (very little of that) flow.

Hawks glided effortlessly in the thermals, mourning doves were easily spooked from their hiding spots, sage thrush (although I'm no ornithologist), and robins flitted about in the warmth of the day. Rattlers are known to be around and we did see two doing the backstroke on the asphalt (DOA, you know). However, we didn't encounter any but may have thought to have heard one in a bush but we wisely chose not to get close enough to verify.

Moses Coulee offers miles upon miles of sights, sounds and smells. One could easily wander aimlessly looking at the rock formations, losing track of time and space. Several waterfalls were noted but owing to the lateness of the year, were very dry. We can imagine the splendor they would provide after a heavy rain or the early thaws of the snow.