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Lake Chelan

DSC_7057-Pano

DSC_7057-Pano

6 Photos in This Gallery.  View the original to see the pano, 1800 px wide.

The main attraction in Lake Chelan is a boat that crosses the lake each day.  It passes first by lakeside homes, then through a long completely undeveloped area finally arriving at Stehkin, a settlement accessible only by boat or air.  Along the way there were sightings of mountain goats, deer and forest fires.  The night was spent in Leavenworth, a town decorated to look like a Bavarian village.


North Cascades

North Cascades
North Cascades

North Cascades

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I took 8 AM ferry from San Juan Island to Anacortes and proceeded East on Highway 20 through the North Cascades.  The day would end at an overpriced motel in Chelan.  Most tourists in the area were from Washington State.


San Juan Island II

Against the Wind
Against the Wind

Against the Wind

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On the second morning I went off in a Southwesterly direction and continued around the island on the West side eventually reaching Roche Harbor.


San Juan Island

Mount Baker
Mount Baker

Mount Baker

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San Juan Island is known for its mild summers.  Unfortunately the temperatures were in the upper 80’s (30C) for the first two evenings and my hotel room was not air conditioned.  There is a lovely sculpture garden near Roche Harbor.  It is actually an art gallery as all pieces are for sale and unsold works are rotated out after two years.


Finding Seattle

Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

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These were taken on a flight from Houston to Seattle using a Nikon D800 and a 50mm f/1.4 G lens.


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The Cabo Arch

The Cabo Arch

The Cabo Arch

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The arch is literally at the tip of the peninsula of Cabo San Lucas.  It is accessible mainly by boat, but a serious rock climb from the Grand Solmar beach will take one within viewing distance of its back side.  People must share the area with sea lions.  They are cute, but they bite.  It’s so closely associated with Cabo that it appears on tee shirts.  I used my pseudo IR processing to get a slightly different result from the hundreds of tourists who photograph it daily.  While walking through the marina or on the beach boat drivers will offer this trip to you repeatedly for US$10 or $12.  I paid 200 pesos for two people, about US$13.50 plus a tip.  The entire series was photographed from a small rocking boat.


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Rocks at Solmar Beach

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

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Access to beaches on the Pacific Ocean side of Cabo is inconvenient at best.  For this one walk to the Grand Solmar Resort past the Marina.  A bellman will stop you and ask for your room number.  Reply that you have come to see the beach and Mexican law requires they allow access.  He will delay, then ask where you are staying, and admit you through a service entrance.  There is no swimming on the beach due to undertow.


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