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Down River
updated: Sep 14, 2011, 2:00 PM

By John Wiley

Flying down the river (Skykomish?) along Stevens Pass from Wenatchee to Seattle I pondered a fire lookout that seemed to be open. In my youth it had seemed a romantic notion to live in a fire lookout for a summer, and I heard one story of lightning moving the hut off its foundation.

There was an active fire not far away making the air hazy, so snaps of some craggy distant peaks are less crisp than I'd like. Have to go back!

Where the valley opens up to metro Seattle area we detoured through this striking alpine valley far above the highway.

After we passed through, this view of the peak looked like something from another continent.

Down in the valley, rapids mingled with sand bars and bridges among the trees next to the road.

As the mountains gave way to rolling hills we passed a small lake with the sort of boats that say Seattle for us.

Years ago we were paddling on a similar lake there, when a boat with an umbrella (I won't name the brand on it) cruised up asking if we'd like to buy a cappucino.

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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-14 02:26 PM

Beautiful pictures John you should drop a line down there and do alittle fly fishing..


 COMMENT 214310 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-14 03:20 PM

Is that Lake Ross?


 COMMENT 214313 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-14 03:25 PM

Hey Roger... wouldn't that be considered "on the fly" fishing?

just askin'... :=)


 COMMENT 214325 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-14 04:04 PM

How wonderful to be able to see the world from this vantage point? Thank you, John, I look forward to seeing your pics everytime I sign on to Edhat!


 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-14 04:38 PM

I agree, 325! I love to see them too!


 COMMENT 214363 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-14 05:57 PM

Thank you John. You are one of my favorite Edhat contributors! Always have something interesting and positive to say or show.


 COMMENT 214412P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-14 10:21 PM

Amazing views; love those peaks and that wonderful valley... Thank you!


 COMMENT 214415 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-14 11:35 PM

310 It's not Ross Lake which is way larger and goes up in to southern B.C. Canada.

On John's photo page the picture is larger (more clear), and there is an identifying write-up about it. Here is the link to it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jw4pix/6146591628/in/photostream


 COMMENT 214479 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-15 09:07 AM

Thanks for the pictures. Being from the State of
Washington (Bellevue) it was nice to see my home memories.


 COMMENT 214908 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-16 04:17 PM

325, agreed!! These are simply amazing! So lucky that we can all share in seeing lovely john's-eye-views of Washington.


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