Lake Chelan 2014

It is no secret that Lake Chelan in Washington state is one of my favorite places in the world. For those of you not familiar with it, Lake Chelan is a natural lake, not like the reservoirs in Texas that are man-made, in Washington state that is 50 miles long in the mountains of Western Washington. It is one of the clearest, cleanest and deepest lakes in the US, if not the world. I have been privileged to spend a lot of time at the lake. There are many recreational activities that are generally associated with large bodies of water such as boating, to being, water skiing, canoeing, paddle boarding etc. But it is also a very beautiful place to hike. There are many trails that go into the mountains that are excellent places to fish and enjoy the mountains and other lakes as well. One of those lakes is called Domke Lake.  It is a small lake possibly a mile long by about half a mile wide. But it is nestled into a valley in the mountains and so it is exceptionally clear and clean. There is a town at the head of the lake called Stehekin.  It’s a small town boasting a year-round population of approximately 70 people. I’m not sure I would want to spend a summer in Stehekin, but it’s a magnificent place to spend a few days. There are trails, rivers, Rainbow Falls, which is a magnificent 300+ foot waterfall and a hometown bakery with ice cream, fresh pastries and homemade pies.  For a weekend excursion it’s certainly second to none.

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