A Rest at Lake Chelan, Washington

In August, my husband and I were fortunate enough to take a couple of days after my mother’s funeral for a respite at Lake Chelan, Washington. There’s something so calming about staying on the lake shore, as I’ve written before (see here and here) Maybe because when I am by a lake I remember my childhood vacations I took on Coeur d’Alene Lake and Priest Lake in Idaho.

I love the ocean more than lakes, but the constant roar of the surf suggests a wildness that most lakes do not have. Lakes are more tranquil.

Lake Chelan was peaceful in the morning.

Lake Chelan, Washington

Lake Chelan, Washington

And equally peaceful in the evening.

Lake Chelan, Washington

Lake Chelan, Washington

In between, it was lovely. The haze was caused by forest fires, but they weren’t close enough to bother us. And the lake itself was so clear we could see the big trout swimming.


When have you taken a respite from your worries?

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  1. Just near Easter of this year. Not exactly what I would compare to a tranquil lake setting, but a week with a girlfriend,experiencing Vegas with no gambling or drinking sure helped me face what ultimately lay ahead.
    Enjoyed the calming photos, Theresa. thank you.

  2. Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, Theresa. What a lovely setting to remember, reflect, and renew. Hope you are well…

  3. My writer’s bucket list includes a cabin in Stehekin for the occasional writing week. Love that area! If you like thrillers or mysteries, try and get your hands on a “one hit wonder” called “The Piper’s Son,” by Bruce Chandler Fergusson. It’s how I discovered Stehekin and that area in the first place!

  4. I am so sorry that you lost your mother so recently. It will be forever and a day until that pain goes away. The scenery is beautiful and very calming. I lost my Dad in 2001, but it seems I still think of him daily. You are in my thoughts, as you have your first holidays coming up, that is when I miss him the most. My Mom is still alive and kicking, but we joke she is losing her marbles and it seems to rub off on us! She is in a senior living apartment and I write about her silly antics often, but if you skip them for awhile, I totally understand….

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