We’re on our way back to Portland for a second family/friends visit. As I write, however, we're spending the night at Lewis-McChord Air Force Base Travel Camp north of Olympia, WA, where we stayed a few weeks ago. Since we've been without an internet connection for a few days, here's a recap of what we've been up to:
After we left Leavenworth, WA, we went north because Jim wanted me to see the tiny town of Steheken, WA. Steheken is on beautiful 55-mile long Lake Chelan, the third deepest lake in the US (after Crater Lake and Lake Tahoe) and the 9th deepest lake in the world. Steheken is accessible only by air, water or foot, and in the early 1990’s Jim and Season hiked there with some friends. They did an 18-mile, two day trek up one side of a mountain and down the other into Steheken, which has about 85 full-time residents.
Jim’s plan this time was to reach Steheken via boat, so we booked a campground on Lake Chelan to explore the options. Getting to the campground turned out to be somewhat problematic. First, an unexpected detour took us on the wrong side of another big lake. Then we went to the wrong campground. But we finally got where we supposed to be: Twenty-Five Mile Creek Campground on the Lake Chelan’s west side. And I can now emphatically state that we have finally stayed at a place that didn’t meet Bev's low campground/motel standards, so you know it’s not good. But we arrived, we were safe, and we were still speaking to each other. Life is good. And -- we got to take a boat to Steheken. What a gem. We’d like to take the ferry to Steheken next year and stay a week.
|These alpacas docked at the campground. They were going to carry supplies to a Forest Service ranger.|