Spring runoff has created a stunning display along the upper portions of Lake Chelan.
The snowmelt from 27 glaciers is feeding a plethora of waterfalls - including the 312-foot Rainbow Falls - along the steep cliffs that contain the lake.
One way to see these sights is on the Lady of the Lake tours to upper Lake Chelan. The overnight package includes a 3-1/2-hour narrated boat trip, two nights’ accommodations in the North Cascades Stehekin Lodge, breakfast, dinner and the Rainbow Falls bus tour. In May, the cost is $199 for two.
For information call the Lady of the Lake, (509) 682-4584, Stehekin Lodge, (509) 682-4494 or the Chelan Chamber of Commerce, (800) 4-CHELAN.
Let the llamas do the packing
Hikers can sign on for a six-day guided field excursion to the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon, July 13-18, through the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore.
The llama trek will be led by botanist Janet Hohmann and the route is through a region of mountain peaks, alpine lakes and glacial-carved valleys. The focus will be on wildflowers and birds, but will not be limited to those topics. Lodging is a combination of camping and bed and breakfasts. The trip begins and ends in Joseph, Ore.; cost is $700.
For information: High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702, or call (541) 382-4754 by June 13.
Mountain walk for women
If you’re female, and at least 40 years old, you can sign up to hike with a guide and other women in the Kananaskis area of the Alberta Rockies, just west of Calgary.
Outdoor Vacations for Women Over 40 has scheduled a weeklong hiking vacation in the mountains, which includes visits to Lake Louise and Banff, July 19-26. For information, contact Marion Stoddart, (508) 448-3331 by Wednesday.
All aboard the boat, plane, bus
Not everyone wants to plan his or her own tour itinerary, even when touring for the weekend in Seattle.
Those who want to see the best of Seattle from a variety of perspectives can join an Argosy day-tour of the Emerald City.
The itinerary begins aboard a boat at 10:30 a.m. that departs Chandler’s Cove on Lake Union, cruises through the Hiram Chittenden Locks and arrives at Pier 57 in Elliott Bay. The group then boards a motorcoach for a drive to the Columbia Winery in Woodinville, Wash. After lunch and a winery tour, the group boards a seaplane for a flight over Lake Union and a landing in the lake about 4:30 p.m.
Groups are limited to 40 passengers; cost is $95 per person. The tour runs daily June through September. For more information: Argosy Tours, (206) 789-6498.