Day 9 – What’s in a name

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.

daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock

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.

daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock

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.

daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock

At Daroga State Park, we were treated to gorgeous weather, scenic settings, and fun activity… as well as two surprises.

daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock

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?’

daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock

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.)

daroga squilchuck lincoln rock

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.

daroga squilchuck lincoln rock

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.

daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock
daroga squilchuck lincoln rock

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….


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Megan Kennedy

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With over 15 years of video production experience, Megan invests heart and mind into every project, from directing and editing PSA campaigns, to producing complex human interest documentaries, to developing extensive digital and multimedia campaigns. She also leads the team’s photography services, specializing in crafted portraiture as well as creative and conceptual imagery for marketing. She is an active member of Executive Women International, and she is dedicated to community stewardship and placemaking through her work within the City of Spokane and North Monroe Business District. In 2015, she was named an Emerging Business Leader by Inland Business Catalyst magazine, and, in 2018 and 2019, Rogue Heart was honored with the Dussault Community Impact Award as a result of her commitment to projects that make a difference.

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