Monday, April 11, 2011

Travels Of Yesterday--Steptoe Butte


Yesterday my sweetie and I went for a Sunday drive. This is something we've done quite often since we both love to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Yesterdays travels had us ending up in Farm country about 60 miles south of Spokane in the area Known as "The Palouse". Some of you may better know it is the land of the WSU. Go Cougs! The first picture is of a small canyon that is on a huge farm south of Rock Lake. We try to come here every spring as there is a den of coyotes on the opposite side of the canyon and you can sit and watch the coyote pups play outside the den.  They were not out and about yesterday but I hiked part way down into the canyon and took a Picture Of RJ who is up on the top there about in the middle. Next we drove down to what is Known as "Steptoe Butte".   An old mountain of pink granite that was buried in lava and the silt of floods. Erosion finally revealed 1,000 feet of its top again. Its total elevation is 3,612 feet.  The butte was used as a reconnaissance point by the US troops of Colonel E.J. Steptoe and was thereby named after the Colonel himself. General Steptoe lost a battle with the local Indians and his career at nearby battlefield .  A hotel built by Cashup Davis stood atop Steptoe butte from 1888 to 1908, . People came  from far away to party at this Hotel. Imagine the horses riding up the long rough spiral road in the dark hearing the parties going on hoping to arrive there soon.   There is a 3 1/2 mile, long winding road to the top of the butte. An accidental fire started by two young boys on the night of March 15, 1908 reduced the grand Hotel to flames in a spectacle visible throughout the county and removed forever one of the region's most fascinating landmarks.Once you are up there you can see miles and miles of fields. Yesterday the skies were filled with Bluebirds & meadowlarks and even thou it was cloudy, windy and a bit chilly we had a great picnic atop the butte!

 We were happy to get back to the Mountains of Home thou. Its amazing that there is such a stark difference of landscape in just 60 miles.

3 comments:

Amy said...

What beautiful landscape! and a great nugget of history. Sorry you didn't get to see the pups - maybe next time!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Lori, these are gorgeous photos! What a lovely way to spent a Sunday!

Beadwright said...

Lori you know I would never move back to the Inland Northwest because of the snow, however, you trip brings back wonderful memories. Thanks
Nicole/Beadwright