Bateman Island and Tri Cities.

We woke up earlier than we wanted to and set out on our day’s adventures. With time to kill, we looked at the  map and found an area that was mostly green. It was Bateman Island. From Wikipedia:

Lewis and Clark never made it past Bateman Island; it was the furthest upstream they traveled on the Columbia. In 1872 the island was being used for wheat farming and in 1912 it was used for raising cows. From 1941 to 1952 the Batemans used the island to raise turkeys and for farming. The island has suffered damage from wildfire, most recently on August 8, 2001. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, as opposed to still smoldering leftover debris from just five days prior. In 2002 thanks to support by Bechtel Hanford and with help from many volunteers, about 27 tons worth of beer cans, and other debris left there over the last 60 years was removed. Presently, the island is open to the public for numerous activities. It has recovered significantly from the 2001 fire, though there are still signs of it. The island is home to many different species of wildlife, including deer, birds, carp in the wet season, and numerous small animals. Common recreational activities include fishing, bird watching, and hiking.

There are a few amazing things about all of this. 1) Lewis and Clark were there. 2) 27 tons of debris was removed. 3) There was still a lot of rubbish, but even more flora and fauna than we ever thought possible. It made the tri-cities area seem quite nice.

The urban entrance to Bateman Island. Complete with bait chuckers.

Just past the bait chucker hangout was some “real” wilderness.

Eggs were found.

Before heading to Walla Walla (I love saying Walla Walla, Washington) we cruised through Kennewick. There is a lot of green space along the river. It is very nicely done. It seems like one long continuous park. There were many geese, ducks, a pelican, and lots of poop and one small pond along the way.

Loud honking geese.

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