Hanging out with Taryn in the morning
We made a stop at The Crown Pointe Vista, a viewpoint in which to see the whole area. It was cool because they had designed the lookout to be, and work, as a sundial!
Heading out on our top security tour of the dam. They transported us in special buses and we use carseats that they provide us with. The last time I had visited the dam was before 9/11, so I was completely unprepared for all the security measures they take to protect this massive, electricity- producing dam.
It was so high security that they wouldn't even let us use the employee bathrooms down inside the dam, on the tour. Well thank goodness I brought a blanket that Taryn could pee into while in the middle of the tour. How ridiculous! The things we do for our kids, and the joys of being a parent. To top off my embarrassment, Ainsley decided to blow out her diaper all over Nate and government car seats.
Cool and scary view from the top of the dam. Yikes, please don't drop the kids while you are showing them the view over the railing...
Trying to stay cool in the 100 degree weather. Thankfully, because of the fridge in the yurt, we were able to bring along some frozen capris and chilled fruit cups for our morning outings.
It was cool to watch some of the movies on how the dam was built. Until last year it was THE largest concrete structure in the world and the largest hydroelectric producing plant in the world - and it was built in the 1930s! How did they do it? It ended up being a life-saver because they finished it just before World War II and because of Grand Coulee, had enough electricity to power factories for airplanes, ammo, and other necessities for the war.
Back to the lake! Nothin' like having nothin' to do but hang out and play.
Apparently we were the first people (since opening their food truck 4 years ago) to order the "Dam Dip" - a 5 scoop pile of ice cream. The girl even asked if she could take a picture of us to send to her boss because she was so excited. haha Seriously, we are the only ones who want this much ice cream, for a steal of a deal!?! I find that hard to believe. It was SO yummy too.