Ride up the Icicle River

8/14/15 (Friday) in Leavenworth, WA (Leavenworth Resort-TT)

It cooled to 66 degrees this morning, with some rain drops over night. Lazy morning for me. John back flushed our black tank so it now reads Empty. Yay! He also put new wiper blades on our CRV. I did some writing of the blogs and washed the towels. Trying to get all our sewer jobs done while we have one. Our next stops (James’ home, John Day Dam and Bend Campground) don’t have sewers.

We left for the Icicle at 10:30, but had to sideline into Leavenworth for an ATM for cash.

It was a long drive, almost an hour, with a good part at the end on a gravel, washboard road. We enjoyed our picnic lunch at this campsite at Chatter Creek Campground:

Chatter 1 Chatter 2

As we left, we found the Icicle Gorge Trail (River Loop), onto a neat bridge overlooking the Icicle River.

Gorge 1 Gorge 2 Gorge 3

Out of the Icicle Canyon, we stopped near Leavenworth to check out Icicle RV Park for possible use by our Panhandle Gems FMCA RV club. They have great sites for big rigs but are taking reservations for next summer already.

Going back up the Tumwater Canyon we stopped at the Tumwater Dam, something we’ve passed every time we use this road but hadn’t checked out until today.

dam 1 dam 2

In the first photo you see grating that is over the fish ladder which helps the fish get over this dam. John said he’s seen fish actually jumping up over the dam. This was the largest dam built west of Niagara Falls at that time (1907-1909). “It was constructed by the Great Northern Railway to produce power for the electric locomotives going through the old Cascade Tunnel on Stevens Pass…This ended the smoke and gas conditions caused by the prior coal engines.” John said his mom took that train to Winton when she was young. The Tumwater Hydroelectric Project was closed in 1956, when the railroad had converted to diesel engines.

Today was about 20 degrees cooler than yesterday. Windy, but that cool temperature was so refreshing, making it a great day for exploring. When we got home we relaxed, reading until supper time. After our traditional Friday fish supper we drove to the lodge to enjoy the Seahawks game with lots of other campers, as well as free popcorn! I managed to get my blogs posted while we watched.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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