Holden Village

Last Monday, June 4, I went to Holden Village. Talk about remote. To get there I took a three hour boat ride up Lake Chelan, which was cloudy that day:

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When we reached the Lucerne landing, buses from Holden were there to take us 12 miles up the mountain (with 9 switchbacks in the first mile) to the village.

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My room, though rustic, had a nice vantage point onto the central gathering point of the village.

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Holden is high in the Cascade mountains, with some breathtaking views I would never have in my beloved Adirondacks. The weather was not so good much of the time, sod this is what I typically saw, if I could see anything:

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But when things cleared up, then this is what I could see:

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On Thursday I was able to take a nice little hike to the nearby falls with some friends:

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Proof that I was there:

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Holden was a copper mine until more than 50 years ago. The mining company sold the land to the Lutheran Church for $1, and the Holden Village is now celebrating their 50th anniversary as a retreat center and religious community.

It’s amazing how they transformed the old gymnasium of the company town into the village’s worship space:

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It was a decent week, but I was ready to return to civilization on Friday. The weather was beautiful, which made for a great boat trip back down the lake:

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The album, with slightly larger pictures and download options, can be found here:

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Into the Wilderness

Saturday was a very busy day of travel. I flew to Seattle via Chicago, took the Seattle light rail north to Chinatown

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Then (after some szechuan chicken) took Amtrak almost 4 hours east to Wenatchee. This took us past Puget Sound:

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Then we eventually made our way into the mountains:

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Tomorrow I will go to Chelan and take a 3 hour boat ride up Lake Chelan to Lucerne, where a bus from Holden Village will meet several of us and take us the remaining 14 miles to Holden.

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In short, it’s very remote. Cell phones don’t work up there, and I won’t have Internet access either. So there will be no more posts about this trip until after I leave Holden on Friday. At that point I should have some great pictures to share, as the boat ride up Lake Chelan is reportedly very beautiful.