Small Town Satisfaction

On the first morning of a long weekend road trip last week, we veered off Highway 20 to follow a local road that connects forgotten small towns dotted along the loopy Skagit River. It was serendipity because almost instantly, we stumbled on a classic car show in the small town of Lyman, population 438 in 2010. Mostly local people – men and a few women – were lining up their rides in neat diagonal rows along tiny South Main street, bordered by weather-beaten wooden buildings and framed by picturesque views of the North Cascade mountains.

As we headed east, cottony fragments of cloud hung onto the mountain foothills:

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As we drove into Lyman my eyes kept flitting back and forth between classic cars and equally classic buildings.

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Oh, that stylish ’57 gray T’bird convertible with the cream interior! There was plenty to drool over and covet in Lyman, but we had more places to go, and things to see…

An hour down the road in Newhalem, old growth cedars reminded me how small I am…

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An overlook at majestic Gorge Lake had its own classical beauty:

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I used various vintage-style processing tools on most of these photos. In the coming days I’ll post more from the North Cascades and beyond.

 

 


32 comments

  1. Wow, this was like a jump back in time ~ when life was a bit simpler and nature just right outside the front door πŸ™‚ A wonderful feeling stepping into these photos.

    • You know, you can still find towns like this without too much difficulty around here. I don’t think I can say the same for metropolitan New York. It’s another reason I’m glad I moved west. Great to hear from you!

  2. I’m not really a fan of vintage cars, and wouldn’t choose to go to a car show, but I very much enjoyed your photos. The way you interspersed the cars with the buildings gave the cars a richer context than a parking lot or street. A very nice post — and what’s not to like about that scenery? It’s been so hot and humid here — even looking at a photo of a mountain lake helps.

    • I don’t make bee lines for car shows but any time a small town gets together and does something, chances are, it can be fun to take part. Thanks for your comment – it really was a mix of the two for me, but I can tell you – I was probably the only one who looked at the buildings!

      • Actually… the pup and I haven’t had permission to be down at the new place for a couple of weeks because Eric is busy tearing up the bathroom and replacing pipes (in a 2ft crawlspace) and installing all new ‘equipment’ (fixtures?). Brand new shower, sinks and toilet. What has tied me up was an evil gremlin that locked up the computer. Then there’s the catch-up once I’m back online again. Pretty soon I’ll be allowed to head south to do some painting (my specialty). The bathroom and plumbing stuff has been the most involved, but it’s nearing the end now…. yay!!! Next up will be all new windows and then work on the steep gravel driveway. There’s no end to the plans, but it’s all fun (well, as long as it’s going well and it is). Eric keeps saying “not this year” when asked when we’ll actually move down there! πŸ™‚

      • I love it – not allowed to be there – and all that major work being done! But the computer gremlins should have waited until another time (or just kept away!). A steep gravel drive? That sounds tricky to me…and catching up, as you can see from my week-later reply, is just what we have to live with, isn’t it?

  3. Loved this post Lynn! Coincidentally my husband and I ran into a vintage Rolls Royce show this weekend which was fantastic. So much fun seeing those old cars isn’t it?! I didn’t have my camera but took a bunch of shots with my iphone. Needless to say yours put mine to shame!!

  4. I love coming along on your road trips! What a great feeling, driving round corners and seeing what’s there..

  5. I’ve been away from wordpress for a while and just getting back to reviewing posts… I always enjoy your photography. You are an excellent visual storyteller and in addition to each narrative, your photos are a such a pleasure to view.

    • That was so irresistible! The whole building is a beautiful, falling down wreck of thing, and it’s the most mysteriously soft pale pink – why? Thanks for commenting – good to hear from you!

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