Les and I loved to hike. I appreciated this about him, because he walked all day every day for work in his brown uniform, yet he would agree to go on hikes with me on the weekend. We were just talking about doing this hike in to Stehekin, and then he got sick. After he died last year, it started running through my head that it would be a great thing to do on the anniversary of his death. In April I kinda put the word out to some friends to see if anyone was interested. I was so excited that 10 were able to join me!
Us girls left Saturday morning and spent that evening in Mazama. I love that little town. Les and I stayed there a couple of times with our friends Steve and Sheri. I am so thankful that they made us aware of this place! Us girls enjoyed a beautiful evening! We weren't too excited about the loud wedding music that went on until midnight, but what do ya do??
We were up and at 'em at 4:30 am - we needed to leave at 5:30 to be at the trail head at 6:00. When my friend Kay walked into our room and said it was raining, we thought she was joking. Well, she wasn't. The closer we got to the trail head the harder it started raining. Remember, it is o-dark-six-am, 39 degrees, and pouring down rain. This was not in the forecast!!!! Lonnie was our driver (she has an injury that prevented her from hiking but wanted to join us - and we NEEDED her as our driver! SO thankful for her) and Lonnie needed to drive the suburban down to Chelan to be on the boat going UP to Stehekin - and that boat left at 8:30 am. She had to just dump us off and leave us there........
|Drowned rats - but on the right trail!!|
|several streams to cross - this one was a little scary....|
|"Go rest high on that mountain. Son, your work on earth is done. Go to Heaven a shoutin', love for the Father, and the Son."|
|End of the trail - so proud of us!|
|Rainbow Falls - on our bus ride|
|SO GLAD my girls joined us "old ladies"!!!!|
We took the foot ferry boat back to Chelan the next afternoon. A glorious day - we all sat on the back deck in T-shirts. That is one long lake! In Chelan, most of the gang headed straight home - myself and a couple others spent one extra night in Chelan. It was kinda nice to just kick back and relax in the sun one more day. Our muscles were still pretty sore!