For years I have worked my way throughout my home state of Washington¬†with an eye on visiting all the iconic places she offers.
Places like Snoqualmie Falls (higher than Niagra – yep really), Dry Falls (5 times the width of Niagra and was once the greatest water fall ever – 20,000 years ago), Mount Rainier (highest peak in WA and 4th highest in the lower 48), Hells Canyon (deeper than Grand Canyon – yep really) and many more.
But Stehekin – the iconic, hidden and elusive town on Lake Chelan in the remote North Cascades had eluded me for years.
Until today. I finally made it there and now I must go back.
We took the Lady of the Lake Express from the city of Chelan. The boat takes two and a half hours to plow the 50 miles up lake to Stehekin. We chose to take the slower Lady Too back so we could have three hours in ¬†Stehekin. That boat takes four hours. So we spent seven and a half hours on the boat and only had three hours on shore. Definitely not enough.
I must go back for a week.
We had lunch at the North Cascades Lodge before doing a two hour hike along the lake. ¬†The time was gone so fast. ¬†We didn’t visit Rainbow Falls, or the famous bakery. We didn’t hike the mountains or go out in kayak. ¬†We didn’t go fishing or rent bikes. ¬†Three hours is not enough to experience this hidden jewel ¬†of the great state of Washington.
Next time I’ll rent a cabin and enjoy the quiet – no cell or Internet service. ¬†No roads. ¬†No crowds. Just nature. ¬†Fabulous!