Thursday, October 23, 2008

STEHEKIN...LOOKS GOOD TO ME!

Stehekin Washington... it's where I want to go!!
This place was mentioned in an email the other day from an old friend. Well, after looking up some information about it, it certainly seems like my kind of place. It's a valley in the North Cascade Mountains. To visit, you have to boat in, take a float plane, or hike in. Once there, you won't see many telephones, televisions or more than a handful of cars. A vintage school bus serves as the public transportation. "Stehekin is what America was" is the motto. Most residents live in rugged cabins warmed by wood stoves, electricity is harnessed from the power of a river. About 100 people live in Stehekin year-round. Their chosen lifestyle, which lacks many modern conveniences, is reminiscent of our pioneer heritage. The residents and local businesses rely upon boats and barges to bring them everything from groceries and merchandise to cars equipment, building materials, and of course, tourists. Without a shopping center or mall just down the street, Stehekin residents quickly become planning experts. Groceries not supplied from the family garden, can be purchased by sending a list and blank check to one of the stores "down lake". The order is filled by the grocer, who delivers it to the dock in Chelan for passage to Stehekin on one of the "Ladies" of the lake. Mail is delivered by the passenger boat as well. With just one pay phone in the entire valley, "reaching out to touch someone" usually involves stopping by for coffee or writing a letter! WOW! I think that it's amazing!! I have officially added this to my list of places to see :)

Ok, I guess it's time to stop daydreaming now. On Tuesday, I had a pretty solid run. Still a little pain in my foot but still not unbearable, so I keep going. I also swam on Tuesday. Nothing crazy just getting some distance for relaxation. It was a nice swim!

Yesterday after work, I rushed home and got on the bike. BRRRR! The first part of the ride, I was quite comfortable. As dark started creeping in the temps dropped and I got really cold. Made it home just before dark and decided to take the rest of the evening off. Today, I hope to get in a long run and then tonight....lots of sleep. I am in great need of it!!

Happy Thursday All~

1 comment:

jahowie said...

Wow!! That looks beautiful.