The ride north took 4 hours and we had 90 minutes to explore the Stehekin area. We departed Stehekin at 2 and got back around 6 p.m. Prior to Sept. 15, we could have paid extra and taken the fast boat up in order to have 3 hours to explore Stehekin and then enjoy the leisure ride back to see the hills on both sides of the lake.
Below you can see the general location of Stehekin, though the map is not exactly drawn to scale.
I took the photo below as we boarded the boat. A person behind us was a bit grumpy that we paused briefly to take the photo.
As we headed north, we saw different views along our right side. Below you can see homes on the hill, many summer homes, and a hotel on the beach.
Wapato Point in Manson with the semi-barren hills above.
Note the fire damage from the summer Chelan fires of 2015. We saw a number of sites with such damage.
The picture below almost looks like a painting.
Rainbow Falls waterfall (which was not very interesting at this time of year) and the bakery. We walked along the lake and also went into the general store and visitors' center.
Stehekin is an Indian name meaning "the way through." as it was on one of the few travel routes through the North Cascades. Today about 90 people live here year round.
We headed a bit north out of town to see the McKellar Cabin and go on a trail, which marked the plants as well as the cabin and its history.
A backyard generator
The water wheel above was originally on Devore Creed and used by Daisy Weaver to generate electricity for about 15 lights in her homestead across the lake at Weaver Point. Several other small generators at the Stehekin Landing were powered by water from Purple Creek. Today the majority of the valley's electricity is generated by a larger wheel on Company Creek, 4.5 miles up valley.
North of the lake one can see glaciers in the mountains.
|Story of the original hotel in Stehekin|
We then walked back to the tiny center of town, shopped a bit, and then while Marsha sat and chatted, we walked a bit and also went into theNational Park Service information center and town natural history museum. It had some great information, and I could have stayed another 15 minutes to read it all, but we had to board our boat for the return trip to Chelan.b
As we got back to our resort, we watched a beautiful sunset, the end of a lovely day trip.
That night we had dinner at the Wapato winery and enjoyed each others' company.