Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Geo 1095: April 15, Day 835: Sahalie

Next time I tour this area, I need to scribble down mileages. But something like two to three miles south of the entrance to the Clear Lake Recreation Area, and maybe a mile or so past the end of the lake and the campground at the southeast end, is a pullout on the west to Sahalie Falls. I'm pretty sure Anne said there is no substantive water that enters the McKenzie River between the lake and this waterfall, so what we're seeing here basically represents the total amount of spring flow into Clear Lake. I don't have enough experience with seeing known flow rates to judge the amount of water flowing here. However, it's pretty obvious to me that the flow rate here is a great deal larger than at "The Spring Who Shall Not Be Named," where it's on the order of a few cubic meters per second.

On another note, while attempting to track down distances, I came across a nice bit of trivia: "Sahalie (or "Heaven") and Koosah (or "Sky") are Chinook Jargon words - part of a rudimentary trade language that allowed people to exchange news and goods in the area." Heaven is certainly an apt descriptor for this spot.

Photo unmodified. October 9, 2014. FlashEarth Location.

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