Hope everyone bails out okay...
Visited the "Iron Goat Trail," which is a trail that follows the rail bed of the Northern Pacific Railroad on the west side of Stevens Pass. The eastern trail terminus is at the site of the former town of Wellington which was at the west end of the old tunnel that was replaced by the tunnel we have today. The reason the tunnel was replaced was that the largest rail disaster in North American history happened there when an avalanche wiped a passenger and a mail train off of the mountain side, killing at least 96 people on March 1, 1910. These pictures are taken at the Wellington site and in the concrete snow shed that was built the year after the disaster in the same place as the slide.
Inside the snow shed:
This tank is stored in the Iron Goat Trail parking lot. It's used by the Washington State Dept. of Transportation to shoot avalanches on Stevens Pass. I've never seen it there before, but it looks like it's stored for the summer.
Very nice pic. With that view, If the owner of that property tore the house down and left the barn standing, he could probably sell the property to a wealthy German for way more than it is worth.
I doubt it. That view is far from unique around here. Much of the county, and a large piece of the Lower Mainland of BC has a similar view.
You are no doubt correct, but I'm basing the comment on the fact that many wealthy Germans have bought cattle ranches (most not profitable or just barely) in the Caribou region of British Columbia, all with the common fact of pastoral scenery with majestic mountains in the background.
Here is what a $7 million dollar Stradivarius from the 1600s looks like. My son had a Master's class with cellist Robert deMaine today. I believe he said the cello belongs to the symphony in Los Angeles and they let him use it.
A few from a short hike today:
Catarata Río Fortuna
Just jump hard and you'll clear the rocks...unless your right foot slips.
The waterfall close up.