Squilchuck, Daroga, and Lincoln Rock
May 23, 2015 by Megan
Covering three parks in Chelan County was our goal for Day 9, to chip away at the hefty list of area parks before heading south the following day for scheduling purposes. The three we picked were very fun in name and in visiting: Squilchuck, Daroga, and Lincoln Rock. Or, for the purpose of this project, parks #23-25.
Squilchuck (presumed to mean “Warm Shore Water”) came first, while the day was still overcast. This small and intimate park was unique to the ones we’ve visited thus far, as it boasts simply a reservable group camp and lodge that now apparently serves as a popular wedding venue. Historically, it was a ski lodge.
Most exciting, is the park’s partnership with the Central Washington Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, who are raising funds, donating material, and volunteering labor to build additional miles of trails as well as some man-made challenges along the way. I was lucky to find some folks enjoying the results from the start of this project. Once again, I am struck by what communities of passionate outdoor recreation enthusiasts can accomplish and am thrilled that State Parks are a willing partner.
At Daroga State Park, we were treated to gorgeous weather, scenic settings, and fun activity… as well as two surprises.
The first surprise was coming back from shooting the boat launch to find that Dane had determinedly scooted his way into the water, while Rob watched proudly from arms-length away. Mind you, he was in jeans and a regular (now bloated) diaper. Just sitting on his knees, tossing rocks, happy as can be… he looks up at me like, ‘What?’
The second surprise was running into friends from home, who were spending Memorial Day Weekend as part of a large gathering at the Daroga’s group camp! Gave us such a lift to see Jessica and Adam and their kiddos, take a moment to gush over each other’s RV setups, and exchange well wishes for the weekend! Small world moment. (Notice how Dane is NOW in a swimsuit… lesson learned.)
On our way to the final stop, Lincoln Rock, we had to pull off the road to photograph another favorite formation… Turtle Rock. Felt a little funny about climbing to sit atop the RV while next to the highway to get the shot, but the view was worth it.
Pulling into Lincoln Rock State Park, we were struck by how much the rockface truly resembled Lincoln’s profile! According to the ranger, the steamboat captains used to use it as a marker for a meeting place, as it was such a recognizable feature from land and river. How neat that it serves as a gathering place to this day.
After playing with Dane on the impressive play structures, we headed for Peshastin Pinnacles to bunk down for the night in preparation for a sunrise shoot the next morning (with permission from the rangers, of course). Speaking of friends from home, we were so lucky to be able to count on two amazing climbing friends willing to make the drive and scale the sandstone slab bright and early… because what fun is shooting a rock climbing park without guarantee of working with climbers? But more on that tomorrow….