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Friday, May 29, 2015

Stehekin

At the far end of Lake Chelan is the town of Stehekin, and there are only three ways to get there. Boat, seaplane, or hike through the North Cascades.  Part of the charm is the remoteness. The first time we visited here in 2006 there was no outside contact except satellite phone.  When we were here over Memorial Day weekend there was some very limited wifi at the shop by the marina.  Until a tree knocked out power and the backup generator kicked in. No TV, no internet, no cell phones. Such a peaceful, idyllic spot to get away from it all!
*Background info update:* Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in Washington. It's a narrow 50 mile lake bordered by the Cascade and Chelan Mountains, and it fills a deep underwater gorge, 1486 ft. at the deepest point. Stehekin is at the far northeastern point of the lake. At the other end of the lake sits the town of Chelan where you can park in the overnight lot and take one of several ferries uplake. This is the most common method of getting to Stehekin. On our uplake journey we took the Lady of the Lake II, a 4 1/2 hour trip which included multiple stops along the way to drop off hikers , including 70 Boy Scouts.  On the return trip we took the Lady Express and got back down to Chelan in 2 1/2 hours.

24 comments:

designchic said...

So beautiful and calming…sometimes being away from it all is wonderful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sounds ... And looks ... Idyllic. How did you get there?

Audrey said...

Superbe !

Taken For Granted said...

What a beautiful place surrounded by all those mountains. Wonder how they got the boat to the lake?

Lea said...

Water, Mountains, Sky - Beautiful!

Lea said...

Water, Mountains, Sky - Beautiful!

fredamans said...

WOW! The calmness of the water is so stunning!

Margaret Adamson said...

fabuous scene with marvellous reflections in the water.

Heather said...

So peaceful!

Nicol Carm said...

Beautiful!

Lynette said...

Your photo serves the location's peacefulness very well. Thanks!

Fun60 said...

What a fabulous place to get away from it all.

TexWisGirl said...

truly lovely reflection shot! you can feel the peacefulness!

Amy Franks said...

lovely still scenery - are there fish in the lake?

Barb said...

Your photo shows the tranquility of the place. I'd imagine you weren't bothered by crowds of tourists! Is there a hotel to stay overnight or must you camp?

marsha said...

lovely reflection..and I love the soft ripples in the lake

Valerie said...

A magnificent scene Melissa - thank you for sharing this beautiful tranquil place.

Linda W. said...

Beautiful shot! I need to get up here sometime and check this place out.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

there is so much of the US I haven't seen. At first I thought this was an image from China...it has a very exotic feel to it, Melissa...

Laura said...

exquisite reflections.. a moment of tranquility.

Gail Dixon said...

Idyllic indeed! What a wonderful place to get away from city life. Your photo is hang-worthy. :)

Felicia said...

so very pretty.

eileeninmd said...

Great shot! I have also taken this ferry boat to Stehekin back in 2010. It is a great place for hiking, scenic views and relaxing. Have a happy day!

Rose said...

If I were a painter, I would be asking for permission to paint this scene...but I'm not so I won't.