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Highway 97 Revisited
Monday 21 January 2013   —   Category: Outings
During my six-day excursion to Lake Chelan, Washington, in September 2012, I snapped the shutter almost exactly 1,400 times. After much slothfulness and lack of passion, I am finally making my way through these images, gathering the best ones into a collection of seven albums which document the various stages of my journey.

I took enough photos just traveling to Chelan to complete three photo albums. First, there’s the Columbia Gorge 2012 album, with images from the backroads off Interstate 84. Then there’s the Stonehenge, WA 2012 album, featuring a strange sight not quite on Highway 97, but not far from it either. And now I've put together the Highway 97 North 2012 album, which is a fitting companion to my earlier Highway 97 South 2007.

This phase of the journey, along U.S. Route 97 from the Columbia River to Chelan, begins with a bridge — the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge — and ends with a bridge — the Beebe Bridge. Both of these orange, steel structures carry Route 97 over the Columbia River. I love bridges, and these two are graceful, captivating works of art which I photographed from many different angles and distances. As a result, about half of this album is dedicated to photos of these bridges in all their glory.

I also got a number of interesting shots of the gigantic turbines of the Windy Point / Windy Flat wind farm, on the hills of Washington just north of the Columbia River. These elegant windmills dwarf the surrounding landscape to such an extent that you almost feel like you’re on another planet, or at least on the set of a movie! I especially like the two photos I processed as black and white.

In some of the pictures you will notice smoke or haze in the sky. This was due to the hundreds of wildfires across the east side of the Washington Cascades, caused by a severe lightning storm about two weeks before my trip. On my way north on U.S. Route 97, the worst smoke was in the Wenatchee Mountains between Ellensburg and Wenatchee.

After about 12 hours on the road — and lots of pictures — I finally made it to Chelan ... but those photos will be in the next album! For now, you can browse these images, in this, the third of eight albums from my Lake Chelan trip.
For a complete list of all the blog entries and photo albums resulting from my trip to Lake Chelan, be sure to check out the September 2012 Lake Chelan Photo Outing Recap
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