Continue to the Hanford nuclear site which was a producer of plutonium from 1944 through 1991 as part of the Manhattan Project with as many as 9 reactors running in the late 50's and early 60's. From 1964 - 1971 eight reactors were slowly shutdown and prepared for decontamination and decommissioning. The remaining reactor was converted to produce electricity, as well as plutonium and continued to operate until 1991.
Dinner: Dinner on your own in historic Walla Walla.Evening: Optional walking tour of historic downtown Walla WallaLodging: Best Western Walla Walla Suites InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Wallula Gap restricted the outflow from the floods creating massive Lake Lewis which covered the entire Pasco Basin, most of the Quincy Basin, and Yakima Valley, much of the Ahtanum Valley, and the valley of the Walla Walla River and its main tributaries. Floodwaters also backed up the Snake River well beyond present-day Lewiston, Idaho. An estimated 3,000 square miles of land were under water.Lunch: Lunch in DaytonAfternoon: After lunch, we will continue to Palouse Falls for a dramatic view of one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state of Washington. Palouse Falls drops from a height of 198 feet. After this amazing falls travel through Snake River/Palouse country, where you'll see the rich farmland that thrives from rich soils deposited by the Floods.Dinner: Closing Dinner at our hotel celebrates the amazing terrain we have traversed, the powerful forces of nature and the people of the Northwest who have adapted to this, including our own group of intrepid explorers!Lodging: Red Lion River InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner