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North Cascades Smokejumpers Base
Lake Chelan, WA
The week we spent in Twisp with our friends Bill and Debi flew by. Although we have since moved on to a different area of Washington I still wanted to blog about two really interesting places we visited.
The first was almost right across the Methow River from our campground. This is home to the North Cascades Smokejumpers Base. The base is the home of a group of very brave men and women who jump from planes to fight forest fires. Rather than go into a lengthy history of this group, just click on the link above. Just briefly, the idea of jumping from a plane to combat forest fires began in 1939 when a small group made 58 experimental jumps into the nearby forests to determine whether or not this was even feasible. No injuries were sustained and the first actual fire jump was eventually made on August 10, 1940.
If you are ever in this area I would recommend spending about an hour and take a tour of the Smokejumpers Base. It's free and no reservations are required.
Our last adventure before leaving the Twisp area involved an all-day trip via ferry on Lake Chelan to the small village of Stehekin. Stehekin is a very small village located near the north end of Lake Chelan, which is approximately 50 miles in length. This little place is located in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The village is so remote that there are no roads leading to it. The only way in is via ferry (which we took from the city of Chelan), private boat, seaplane, or by hiking in.
Lady of the Lake II or the Lady Express. The difference between the two is the amount of time for the layover in Stehekin. We boarded in Chelan at 8:30 AM for the 4-hour ride to Stehekin.
I want to express our appreciation to Bill and Debi again for taking time to bring their RV to the campground where we were staying for the week. They were excellent "tour guides" and directed us to many places which we probably would not have found on our own. Thanks again guys!
The next blog post will be about our activities in the North Cascades Mountains.
As always, thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Looks like you had a great time and it's always fun to run into old friends along the way.ReplyDelete
Dave we really didn't "run into" them, but I know what you mean. We'll meet up with them again in a couple of weeks before leaving WA.Delete
Thanks for the tour of Lake Chelan. About 40 years ago, I read an article about Stehekin (Readers Digest I think), mostly in wintertime, and I've wanted to go there ever since. My one opportunity was a few years ago during an RV trip but the pups made it nearly impossible to do, so we didn't go. Glad you got to see it.ReplyDelete
You should make a return to that area, if possible. We really enjoyed the area.Delete
Bet those smokejumpers are busy now, CA is burning like mad.ReplyDelete
Yes, no sitting around the firehouse playing basketball and cooking right now. LOLDelete
Or Pickleball! :cDReplyDelete