Cruising Around Concrete…


It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Perhaps I should amend that statement. It’s been a while since I posted anything other than a rant about uploading images. It still isn’t working the way it used to, but I’m determined to not let it get the better of me… at least not today. 😉

I feel like there I should have a warning sign like this for my blog. There's never any warning before some SNAFU or another strikes...

I feel like there I should have a warning sign like this for my blog. There’s never any warning before some SNAFU or another strikes…

Truth is, there hasn’t been much going on around here. Mr. G. is on nights and for whatever reason, I just can’t seem to adjust to the shift this time. I don’t know if it’s the wonky sleep schedule, the weather, or just the simple fact that I use the excuse of “having to be quiet” to be a lazy slug. I suppose the answer is D – all of the above.

At any rate, I’ve had some pics sitting around so I thought I’d take a minute six hours to share some with you. I took them a couple of weeks ago. Before the scourge of night shift sucked the lifeblood from my being. Just kidding… sort of.

We took a trip out to Concrete, a sprawling metropolis with a population of a whopping 705 at the time of the last census. It truly is one of those don’t blink or you’ll miss it kind of towns, so it was the perfect destination for our misanthropic moods.

Chainsaw carved - Welcome to Concrete, WA

Chainsaw carved – Welcome to Concrete, WA

We were thinking we were going to make it up to Baker Lake. Instead we found Lake Shannon, which is formed by the Baker River. So close,  but no cigar. Lake Shannon is part of two reservoirs formed by the Baker River. The Lower Baker Dam, which generates hydroelectricity for Puget Sound Energy, was our first stop.

Lower Baker Dam

Lower Baker Dam, Concrete, WA

Lower Baker Dam, Concrete, WA

Lower Baker Dam, Concrete, WA

Lower Baker Dam from the topside…

Top-side Lower Baker Dam

Top-side Lower Baker Dam

From there we headed up a the primitive road to Lake Shannon with the sun playing peek-a-boo the entire day.

Lake Shannon, Concrete, WA

Lake Shannon, Concrete, WA

It was as cold and raw as it looks in this picture that day. But we could certainly tell that spring was close and the ground was certainly in thaw mode.


I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much ivy, or at least what looked like ivy to me, growing on the trees. It’s hard to tell, but it wasn’t just moss, if was leafy.


A closer look…


Of course there was plenty of moss too. Even a little moss sentry standing guard. I have to admit it reminded of me of some crazy low-budget horror flick or something.

Blair Witch Project anyone?

Blair Witch Project anyone?

On the way back into town we stopped and walked over the Henry Thompson Bridge.

Henry Thompson Bridge, Baker River - Concrete, WA

Henry Thompson Bridge, Baker River – Concrete, WA

And then into town…

Main Street - Concrete, WA

Main Street – Concrete, WA

And just in case you’re wondering…


Here’s the one light in the one light town. 🙂

That’s all for now.


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I am a full-time RVer living a nomadic life with my husband as he travels throughout the United States for his career. Our mobile castle is a 38 foot 5th wheel with all the comforts of home and office. I do a little freelance writing here and there. Maybe someday I'll finish that novel. In addition to writing, I've developed a passion for health and fitness. It's taken my nearly 50 years to really nurture this passion, (eeeek!) but now that I'm on board I'm loving the journey. As a matter of fact, I love it so much I decided to become a full-time Team Beachbody Coach. Contact me today if you'd like to be a part of one of my private Motivation and Accountability Groups on Facebook or if you're interested in the Team Beachbody Coaching opportunity.

4 thoughts on “Cruising Around Concrete…

  1. Hey W. I do like the sign for Concrete….looks like they have everything you need. Lol. Also, it is quite pretty there.

  2. That’s so funny, I just read a motorcycle tour article that went through Concrete! Beautiful pictures and I am glad you were able to figure out posting media again! 🙂

    • Oh boy, being on a bike would be amazing up here! The scenery is spectacular, so much better than I can capture in photos. If you get a change to get out this way take it! 🙂

      • Oh that area of the country is on our bucket list for sure. I am not sure we will get all the way out there before our corporate escape date in 2016, but if not, then it will be high on the list post-escape!

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