On August 10, 2017, thirteen Mature Friends traveled to Diablo Lake, along with some senior citizens from Seattle Parks and Recreation. This day trip was our first joint adventure with Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Bob and Peter Enjoying the Cruise with Diane and Ed Seated Behind
Getting to Diablo Lake couldn’t have been easier. A charter bus picked us up at two locations: The Jefferson Community Center at 6:30 a.m. and Northgate Mall at 7:00 a.m. From there, we rode up to the lake in comfort.
The tour included a cruise past amazing scenery while learning about the area’s natural and cultural history and the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. Seattle City Light has been offering this tour and buffet lunch for over eighty years.
But first, we found some amazing scenery on land.
Seattle City Light Locomotive “Old Number Six”
Visitors may climb aboard Old Number Six, a restored Baldwin steam engine and ring its brass bell. Located next to the Skagit General Store in Newhalem, this locomotive used to run between Newhalem and Rockport and offered the only access to the area during the construction of the Skagit River Project.
Peter and Jerry Ready to Drive the Train
As you can see, Mature Friends don’t have to be invited twice to climb aboard and ring the bell. However, driving the train away is not an option, as these bad boys found out.
Diablo Lake Dam
We began our adventure by boarding the Alice Ross IV and cruised the glacier-fed lake to enjoy views of wildlife habitat, waterfalls, and snow-clad peaks.
Scenic Cruise on the Lake
Two naturalists described the lake environment and operation of the hydroelectric dam. The boat tour ended at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center with a buffet lunch featuring food from local sources.
Marlyce, Bob, and Carla at the Learning Center
Everybody enjoyed the cruise, informative naturalists, the breath-taking scenery, and the delicious lunch. At the end of the tour, our bus drove us back to our respective pick-up locations, arriving around 5:30 p.m.