John & Anne Wiley

2011/09/10

Cascade

Not far from Stanley we had a planned stop at Cascade to check on a minor fix for Tripp (nose strut losing pressure), and it was quite a delight. Approaching the airport (just above middle, running diagonally up from the right) the snaking iridescent river was striking.

4166 Follow The River Up

4166 Follow The River Up

It seemed to change moment to moment as the sun angle, reflected sky, depth of the river, and varied colors of sand all shifted.

4170 Sand Bar Camping

4170 Sand Bar Camping

The people we met at the airport repair shop were especially mellow, friendly and helpful so we wished time allowed more exploration of the small town nearby. Instead we took off and did a slow climb up the river past the town, and were surprised to see the rapids right at the edge of town.

4171 Rapids Ride

4171 Rapids Ride

People with all sorts of flotation devices would ride the cascade, paddle over to the bank, walk back upstream on the right, and do it all again. A fun and friendly town with an apparently free built-in water slide. As we passed the end of the lake headed North, many inlets presented beautiful patterns of water, land and lifeforms.

4179 Patterns Of Life

4179 Patterns Of Life

I love how much variation there is in seemingly identical land, driven by subtle differences. Nearby the water itself was a glorious artwork.

4181 Water Art

4181 Water Art

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