This is a bizarre town with 75 permanent residents, plus a couple hundred seasonal workers. It's accessible only by ferry, seaplane, or foot, which results in a funny mix of grungy backpackers mingling with ritzy seaplane folks. I was fascinated by it and glad that I spent a couple days there.
|This sign was the first thing I saw, at the trailhead when I made it to the town's one road (which doesn't connect to anything). I found it very endearing. |
When you hike in, you get to the famous Stehekin Bakery before you hit the actual town. That was actually my main draw, so I was very happy to start there.
|The first thing I did upon arrival was to order this delicious blueberry pie with huckleberry ice cream. |
|cute gumball machine on the walk from the bakery to the "downtown" area|
|Lake Chelan, from the northern end|
|It was very, very hot while I was there. Probably the only thing that has ever given me trouble sleeping!|
|I camped near the center of town and then walked back to the bakery early the next morning.|
|I ordered one of those cinnamon buns and ate half before starting my hike back up into the mountains. I did feel a little sick at first, and also regretted carrying the other half... until I made it to my next campsite that afternoon. It was the perfect reward for finishing the climb.|
|I almost flushed my hopes and dreams, but this sign stopped me.|
I would've taken more photos, but my camera was on low battery, so I was conserving it as much as I could.