Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog


Wells Dam and Lake Pateros formed by the dam.

Lake Pateros




One of the original turbines, replaced with upgraded models a few years...

A herd of 10 deer came to visit by Marie's house this...

This one decided to relax in front of the neighbor's house.

These two brothers are getting in shape with a little friendly sparring.

Upper Methow Valley from the Sun Mountain Lodge.


Patterson Lake from Sun Mountain Lodge.

Grass in the late afternoon sun near Sun Mountain Lodge.

On the way to Winthrop we passed 4 fields with 40 to...

(Ron Writing) We left Wenatchee this morning heading north on US-Alt 97 which runs along the west side of the Columbia River. It’s not marked as a scenic route on our AAA map but it should be! Most of the time the highway is very close to the river and allows great views of the canyon walls, the river, the orchards, and vineyards near the river. The highway also goes through Chelan at the south end of Lake Chelan. This is a very nice town and the lake itself is beautiful.

A little north of Chelan we stopped for lunch at a park by Wells Dam. We also looked at the information plaques in the park and enjoyed the view of the dam and the river. Wells Dam is the third dam on the Columbia River as the river flows from Canada to the Pacific. In terms of power generating capacity it’s one of the smallest.

At the town of Pateros we turned onto WA-153 north heading up the beautiful Methow River Valley. We arrived at Winthrop and found our friend Marie’s home on an acreage a few miles east of Winthrop. We became friends with Marie while spending this past winter in Congress. Marie spends her summers here and, like a snowbird, heads for a warmer latitude in winter. She has a nice large yard and offered to let us camp here with full hook-ups!

This afternoon Marie took us for a ride to see some of the surrounding area. We stopped to see her daughter’s place which is just a few miles away. They live on 12 acres with a fantastic view of the Methow Valley. We then drove up to the Sun Mountain Lodge where we had great views of the North Cascade Mountains and the upper Methow Valley.

Later we drove into Winthrop and enjoyed a dinner at the Arrowleaf Bistro. The weather was perfect so we dined on the outdoor balcony where we could enjoy the sound of the river.

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