Another Beauty of a Drive Today

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Monday, July 18, 2011

We had a very peaceful night at Beebee Bridge and set out early towards Carnation.  The drive on WA Hwy 20 is beautiful, but as we progressed toward Steven's Pass, it was overwhelming.  The Wenatchee river is still flowing strongly with far more whitewater than I've ever seen in such a stream.  No boaters today, that's for sure. We saw hundreds of trees laden with various types of fruit on the way. The area is famous for cherries, of course, and apples, fer sure, but there are also peaches and apricots.  Vineyards were in evidence too, as well as fields of hops plants, just waiting to mature and flavor your favorite brew.  

The pass is about 4600 feet in altitude and is surrounded by towering peaks still laden with last winter's record snows.  I got very few shots while underway, but when we stopped for lunch on the western side, I did shoot a few specimens for your viewing.  

We stopped at a fruit stand and bought the best Rainier cherries that I've ever eaten.  They were huge, to say the least.  I took one shot for comparison, but the flavor is the most important aspect of them.  We had hoped that the wild blackberries would be ready, but due to the late spring, they are only now in bloom in the area.  They'll probably be ready come August.  

This campground is owned and operated by King County.  It's a bit pricey for what you get, but the setting is grand.  It's next to the river and surrounded by copious green of all shapes and sizes.  There's a footbridge that accesses the rental yurts and a number of hiking trails.

The surrounding area is pastoral.  It looks like, at one time, that is was covered with dairy farms, but we saw nary a cow.  Times have surely changed.  There are still a number of farms and a lot of homes.  I assume that the area is now a bedroom community for the Seattle-Tacoma workforce.

The campground is quiet and peaceful, which is something we appreciate.  We're only about sixty miles or so from Lisa and Rich's, so we'll get there tomorrow.  We are excited to see both of them, as well as our grand-dog, Madison.  We can't wait until she starts music lessons and we get invited to her first recital...wait a minute!  She's a dog.  How soon I forget.  So sorry...<blush>.
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mary crowley, ireland on

Delighted to hear you're going to visit Lisa n Rich. Please say a fond hello from John and I . Enjoyed your travel stories and esp the photos.
Yours forever in the rain!
John n Mary Crowley

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