Its quite possible youâ€™ve never even thought about it â€“ but after a few times with the Tamers going â€śto the dunesâ€ť it makes one wonder â€“ â€śWhat the heck are sand dunes doing in the middle of the desert in Washington State?â€ť
Well â€“ please indulge me in a little factual non-speculation â€“ from our friends at (no less than) the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of technology:
Moses Lake Dunes
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The Moses Lake dune field is covers 40 km2 in the Quincy Basin of central Washington southwest of Moses Lake, making up the largest basaltic aeolian sand accumulation on Earth [Petrone, 1970; Edgett and Lancaster, 1993; Bandfield et al., 2002]. The dunes, which are composed of 55% basaltic lithic fragments with lesser amounts of quartz, are thought to originate as sediment deposited in the basin during the floods that forms the channeled scablands [Petrone, 1970] . East and northeast paleo-winds have reworked sands, from the eastern banks of the Columbia River into the current dune forms, which include transverse, parabolic and barchan dunes. West of the Potholes Reservoir the dunes are wet and vegetated, but on the east side of the reservoir the dunes remain active and advance at approximately 3 m/yr [Petrone, 1970] .
Normal people sleep in on weekends but then again we are far from normal.Â Â The day trip to Moses Lake began at 7:30.Â I arrived a little early as I normally do.Â I found a nice place to park kind of away from the other cars.Â Â I guess Wendyâ€™s Jeep was not cool enough because Cosmin and Cheryl parked next to some random jeep in the parking lot.Â Â Â So I guess if you canâ€™t beat them join them.Â We had a quick meeting to talk about convoy rules and we hit the road.Â We even left on time.Â The Bradyâ€™s in â€śJeeper Georgeâ€ť followed by Cherylâ€™s bone stock JKU, Shanâ€™s newly purchased JKU with his son Mathew and Cosmin running sweep in his bad to the bone baby blue JK.
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As usual Anthony, family, and myself got an early start on this weekend. We left his suicide driveway sometime around 7:30 PM on Thursday and boogied for Moses arriving some time after 11:00. Continue reading “Moses Lake April 2017”
So â€“ if you take a Timber Tamer out of the timber is there anything left to tame?
The gathering at Moses Lake would echo a most convincing â€śYES!â€ťÂ (Or even Heck-Yeah!!!â€ť) Continue reading “Moses Lake Dunes Apr 2016”
What keeps me coming back to Moses Lake are memories of years gone by.Â The finer things, the core things â€“ sun drenched dunes and sand kissed by gentle breezes, being warmed both in the sun and by the new hope of a warming from winter cold and sogginess â€“ and of course â€“ wheeling. Continue reading “Moses Lake Apr 2013”
Come about April the Tamers are all suffering from cabin fever and a little camping trip to the sand dunes at Moses Lake is just the prescription needed. Continue reading “Moses Lake Apr 2008”
Ahhhh.Â Moses Lake. Where Cabin Fever and Spring Fever meet. Continue reading “Moses Lake Apr 2007”
A fun time to play, let loose, and learn to fly in a Jeep. Continue reading “Moses Lake April 2006”