On this sunny day in the Teanaway we stopped for lunch at Lake Ann Pass, which at 6,500 ft. elevation, is a saddle in a rocky ridge just south of Lake Ann. The trail 1226.2 to Lake Ann is in the Salmon La Sac, Teanaway region of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State. Several Clark’s Nutcrackers were flying about and harvesting seeds from the pine cones. Looking south from the gap we can see the Esmeralda Basin and Esmeralda Peaks. To the north we can see Ingalls Peak. This shot also reveals a campsite shelter on the saddle. This is a beautiful hike, accessed from the Esmeralda Basin Trailhead at the end of road 9737 off the North Fork Teanaway Road. Its 8.2 miles round trip with 2,200 feet of cumulative elevation gain.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.