Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Lake, King County, Washington, USA

(photo of Rattlesnake Lake by Luis Bastardo)

After five years of living in Argentina, Luis and I moved from Buenos Aires to Seattle last month. I lived here 11 years ago when I first worked for Microsoft, but it is Luis's first long-term stay here, so he has been anxious to explore the surrounding area. In truth, so am I, since the last time I lived here from 2000-2002, I spent most of my time working indoors and saw very little of the landscape. Also, we're trying to spend as much time together as possible before I start working again; we have seldom been part since we met five years ago and our new life here will be a big adjustment for both of us. We love to hike and explore, so have been checking out local trails and parks, including the incredible Rattlesnake Ledge.

The 117-acre Rattlesnake Lake in King County, Washington, lies about 30 miles west of the city of Seattle and is part of the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area. The interesting thing about the lake is that it is the former site of the logging town of Moncton, whose scant remains lie under the surface of the water. The town was flooded out and destroyed in 1915 when water leaked from the nearby human-made Chester Morse Lake. The tree stumps that remain in the lake are used as nesting sites by birds. Despite the name, there are no rattlesnakes anywhere in or near the area. The name arose when a pioneer heard seed pods rustling nearby and thought he was about to be attacked by rattlesnakes.         

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