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Lake Chelan/Vancouver Island Trip

Day 6 of 13

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Tuesday, June 28th
Blueberry picking

Today was a rest day for us. We took a scenic drive around Manson, which is a bit up the shore from Chelan. The area is filled with orchards, million dollar mansions, and some smaller lakes.

Roses Lake, on the scenic drive around Manson

Our next stop was Blueberry Hills Farms in Mason, where we picked (you guessed it) blueberries. We picked up an apple pie while we were at it. There's also a restaurant here which is supposed to be very good, but we decided we'd rather eat down at the Hungry Belly instead.

Blueberry Hills Farm

Picking berries

In the afternoon, we drove up to Chelan Butte. The book I had which mentioned the drive was probably a little out of date, since it mentioned a motel at the base of the road which had changed names (it's now a Best Western, I believe). In any case, we did find it, and started up the steep road, climbing to better and better views of the lake. What the book failed to mention is that the road shortly turns from pavement to dirt. In fact, it gets a little bumpy (and still steep) at times. I'm sure I voided our rental car policy by driving it. It also made us a bit nervous -- mostly, I was nervous the car would break down and we'd be stuck there for the night (with no cell phone reception), since we didn't see any other cars on the road.

View of Lake Chelan from Chelan Butte

The Columbia River from Chelan Butte

Eventually, we did make it to the top. And the views almost made it worth the drive. Lake Chelan is of course visible, though it's so far below that it's almost too small to admire. To the south and west, the Columbia River is clearly visible. Beyond that, wheat fields. It's a great view, but I'm guessing I'll probably never make that drive again.

The Columbia River from Chelan Butte

The Columbia River from Chelan Butte


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