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Summer Kelnhofer (at left) and cousin Samuel pause for a rest on the way up Strawberry Mountain.

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Lost Lake is a gift that lingers through the holidays

Low clouds slink across the sky as we bounce toward Lost Lake Campground in the Okanogan National Forest. We’re all a little nervous about the prospect of rain, but it’s not often we get to convene a gathering of cousins and we’re not about to back down. The late-summer scenery looks tired and thirsty — the bright green of spring replaced with a dust-covered drab that tells me how welcome the moisture would be.


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