The site where we gathered the soapstone has a wonderful view of Lake Wenatchee and the surrounding mountains. It really is quite picturesque. Not that I remembered to take any pictures of the view. Fortunately, Linda took some good scenery photos, as well as some good nature photos. I took my chainsaw to cut off the soapstone. I knew from personal experience that it is a tedious task with hand tools, especially if a larger chunk of stone is needed. It still took about an hour to carve off a piece of the stone and do some rough shaping of the piece into something rectangular. The main reason I had to do the rough shaping on site was also to get it down to a size I could carry. We're allowed to collect 25 pounds each so I was limited to 75 pounds which was already more than I wanted to carry. The chainsaw worked pretty well, but I had to take my time as it was very easy for the blade to overheat. The chainsaw generated a pretty good cloud of talc dust as well as enough talc dust on the ground to make for some slippery footing. I had a brand new chain on the saw, which I am sure is now severely trashed.
|One very heavy, somewhat rectangular piece of soapstone|
|Linda with our good friend, Nancy Sweet|
The milk shakes are certainly worthy of mention. Zips is located on the south side of Highway 2 out past Gold Bar. This burger joint has been there for as long as we have lived here and has been a traditional stop on the way home from scout activities and other trips to the mountains. They have the most wonderful milk shakes, my favorite being their black cap raspberry. This time I was seduced by another flavor when I noticed they made rhubarb milk shakes. I thought this was something new, but the server assured me that they had been making rhubarb milk shakes for a very long time. I got rhubarb, Linda got black cap raspberry, and Nancy got a banana malt. After trying each other's milk shakes we all agreed that the raspberry was definitely the best. Although I thought the rhubarb shake was pretty good, Linda made a face when she tried it.