There are some great Instagram accounts out there showing photos of Wenatchee and the surrounding area. Since that was the original idea behind NCWpics when it started 10 years ago, here we’re sharing a few dedicated to the region adn that we’ve seen recently show off some great stuff.
This week we got a treat from the Washington State Department of Transportation when they released drone footage taken from some of the last efforts in the reopening of the very scenic North Cascades Highway. The North Cascades Highway is a popular scenic byway that connects Western Washington and Eastern Washington in the northernmost part of the state. Vacationers taking that route get the opportunity to see the high mountain peaks, incredible scenic views, and the interesting sites and communities like Winthrop, Mazama, Washington Pass, Rainy Pass, Diablo Dam, Ross Lake, Newhalem, and more. The pass is closed during the winter months though because of heavy snow and avalanche danger. This means each spring, the WSDOT has to commence reopening operations. Those operations go a little something like this:
That’s hard and dangerous work up there and those crews do a great job. If you haven’t had the opportunity to take that trip, we can’t recommend it more highly. Drive the North Cascades Highway this summer, for sure!
North Central Washington has a lot to be thankful for when it comes to our fire departments. Many of them are small or remote and still do a great job of protecting their communities and all of us, really. Here is a look at the fire station in Dryden, Washington.
Webcams have a number of uses. You can use them to check out the scenery in far away places, get a look at what a potential vacation destination looks like, or just see a glimpse of what life is like in a location you’ve never been to. You can also use them in your own backyard.
Pangborn Airport has a great webcam available for North Central Washington residents to use. It’s great for getting a look at the weather in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area or just watching the comings and goings and other action at the airport. Check it out at the link below!
Stevens Pass is one of the most dominant transportation related features in North Central Washington. It’s home to a major highway leading over the Cascade Mountains and the very popular Stevens Pass Ski Area.
Though there isn’t a true viewpoint, there are a number of great gravel covered pull out areas just north of Chelan where you can get a view of the Columbia River flowing towards the Beebe Bridge and the Chelan Falls area.
A few weeks ago we posted about a few of the ghost signs found in Wenatchee.
North Central Washington Ghost Signs: Wenatchee
The five photos showcased there don’t do the city justice though so we’ve hunted down some more examples of old and sometimes faded advertising and signage on the buildings in town. Looking up high or in a city’s back alleys is a great way to find some of the hidden history that sometimes lurks in plain sight in our own backyards.
Some ghost signs reveal businesses that may have played a role in a city’s past.
While others may offer a look at an entire industry or business concept that became outdated, obsolete, or just no longer viable.
Still other ghost signs just offer a whimsical look at nostalgic advertising.
Keep looking up, behind, and around for some classic North Central Washington ghost signs or old advertising! Hopefully we’ll find more worth sharing soon.