Monday, December 8, 2014

Snoqualmie Falls.......... Have You Ever Stopped To See?

Snoqualmie Falls is a 268 ft waterfall on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington. It is one of Washington's most popular scenic attractions, but is perhaps best known internationally for its appearance in the cult television series Twin Peaks. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year.
Most of the river is diverted into the power plants, but at times the river is high enough to flow across the entire precipice, which creates an almost blinding spray. 
For the Snoqualmie People, who have lived for centuries in the Snoqualmie Valley in western Washington, Snoqualmie Falls is central to their culture, beliefs, and spirituality. A traditional burial site, to the Snoqualmie, the falls are "the place where First Woman and First Man were created by Moon the Transformer" and "where prayers were carried up to the Creator by great mists that rise from the powerful flow." The mists rising from the base of the waterfall are said to serve to connect Heaven and Earth. (Thanks to Wikipedia for this information; photo is mine.)
When you do next take a moment on your east or west journey on I-90 to stop at the small park right off the road and affording a great view of the falls, you cannot help but notice the interpretive signs explaining the Snoqualmie tribal history and connection to the falls. I found this short stop most interesting and do feel that we as Washington citizens should learn any and all we can about our history.  (Photo mine from one of the signs.)
Did you notice that it is SNO-QUAL-MIE.......... and not SNO-QUAL-A- MIE???

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