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Ceg
09-14-2009, 09:20 PM
Wenas Wildlife Area Exploring Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham (http://www.easternwashingtonadventures.com/member.php/2-Ceg) / Eastern Washington Adventures (http://EasternWashingtonAdventures.com/).

On September 12th, 2009 we meet up at the Sheep Company Road entrance.
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Only two rigs on this run, Craigen's and mine. CentalGrand rode shot-gun in my rig. My three little boys and puppy came too.
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We use Bell Tel. Road to get up on Umtanum Ridge. We turned on Durr to drop off the North Slope.
Here is looking down toward Ellensburg.
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At Umtanum Creek we stopped for a break.
We saw something standing on the ridge above us.
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There were some goats looking down at us.
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Odo trying to cross the water without falling in. Kind of in a strange way.
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Trouble x 4.
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After a short break we headed on up the ridge. The goats just watched up drive on by.
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At the end of Durr Road we turned up the Ellensburg Pass.
A few miles down the gravel road we turned off onto Hanson Pond Road.
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Hanson Pond.
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We worked out way up Manastash Ridge to the observatory.
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We lucked out that there was a guy there that offered us a tour of the observatory.
The basement area had bedrooms.
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Heading upstairs to see the telescope.
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This was upstairs.
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There are rooms between floors.
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Back on the bottom floor.
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Our group of the day.
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Looking at Mt. Rainier from the Manastash Ridge Observatory.
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Looking back at the towers on Durr road we had pasted earlier.
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We turned on Mud Flats Road and headed down to the North Fork Wenas Road.
After getting on the pavement I started looking for a Green Dot to take us back up onto Umtanum Ridge.
Later I found out I missed the first Green Dot road which I though was this one. This was is call Black Canyon Road.
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Here we found out this Green Dot road stops.
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We headed on down North Fork Wenas Road toward Wenas Lake.
We turned off onto Hessier Flats Road.
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We turned onto Kelley Hollow Road. At the top we stopped for a break.
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Next we turned onto the Ridge Road and then back down Durr road to go back home.

This was a fun day thanks to the people who came.

Jeepscum
09-14-2009, 10:25 PM
Great run report I havent seen that much LT before. I wonder what the story is on the observatory? What is the use and who does the funding come from?

benw
09-14-2009, 10:28 PM
http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/l ... e/mro.html (http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/laws/MRO/home.page/mro.html)

Craigen
09-15-2009, 07:15 AM
Here is a vid of the observatory:
[youtube:1xow7aeq]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nskkoZlYKSQ[/youtube:1xow7aeq]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nskkoZlYKSQ

Ceg
09-15-2009, 08:50 AM
Here is a vid of the observatory:Cool! :thumbright: