Soap Lake

Road Trip

Today’s route is taking us south along Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway and along the shore of Soap Lake.  This place intrigues us because it is a meromictic lake, one of the few lakes in the world where the layers of water do not intermix. We encountered the phenomenon previously at Green Lakes State Park in NY. Soap Lake also has an exceedingly high mineral content and has been considered to have healing properties for as long as humans have inhabited the area. The minerals and the alkalinity create a silky soapy feel on the skin and the mud is renowned for it’s healing properties. Also we didn’t stop to explore, it’s one of those places we just might have to put on our list! Meanwhile we’re traveling on for a little while longer through the vast agricultural fields in central Washington that are irrigated with waters of the Columbia Basin Project.

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