I remember the night well, July 1st, 1985, a full moon lighting up the night sky! We were exhausted and had takeout dinner on the floor. We wanted a “team” photo our first night in the house; we laughed so hard trying to do the timer on the camera – a selfie in the day! My wife and I, our oldest son, Rick, and his wife, Ann, Ron, our middle son, and the youngest, Randy all laughed and toasted our new home on Lake Chelan.
I commuted 44 miles each day to work in Wenatchee for 12 years. On the way home, I’d stop and get a Toyota Tacoma pickup load of granite rocks at Earthquake Point near Entiat, unload them in the driveway, and on the weekend, place them where I wanted them. Every granite rock you see, I picked up and hauled home. Hours were spent in the early years in creating the yard the way it is today. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time outside playing in our gardens and landscaping.
The memories this home has brought to our family are priceless. Our hearts have been filled with love and happiness with family and friends. We have the greatest relationship with our two grandsons, who have spent many hours here at the Lake home with us. I believe owning this home had a role in establishing our relationship. As they got older, we have hosted many of their friends as well.
When the grandkids were little, we’d put a little plastic swimming pool on the cement “point” we made down by the dock. We created a safe flat surface for the little ones. They started jumping off the “point”, then the dock, advancing to the cliff, and then since 2009, jumping off the diving board!!
We have had so many memories and celebrations at the Lake! It truly brought our family closer together as it felt like we were vacationing all the time! And when it was just the two of us, our beautiful home situated in a natural cove, provided us with wonderful privacy to enjoy quiet, tranquility, and never ending gorgeous views of the lake.
We have enjoyed “Camp Washut” here for many years, t-shirts and all, with my grandsons and their cousins on their mom’s side of the family. They’d go from the sports court, running the hill, games on the lawn, then down to do a flip and swim to the raft or boat. The hot tub was there for the evenings and sometimes they’d sit in the sauna with eucalyptus oil and then run and cool off in the lake.
Mostly my wife and I would watch and enjoy all the “Chelanigans”!
Manson is even close enough to walk to town for ice cream, or visit the local brewery or one of the many wineries and restaurants in town!
We have explored the Lake on the boat and spent many an afternoon just cruising or pulling a kid on an inner tube or skis, or simply relaxing on the dock and basking in the sun and jumping into the refreshing waters of Lake Chelan.
4th of July is always a highlight weekend at the Lake. We can sit on the deck, in the yard or on the dock and watch the Manson fireworks. All of the lighted boats coming from around the lake to view the fireworks is a site to see.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our sports court, with pickle ball and basketball. We have had numerous large pickle ball tournaments, one ranging from participants aging from 7 to 90! That night the court turned into a dance floor; Mariachi band and all! A lot of Polka dancing from the Polish relatives too! There were 60 of our relatives traveling from across the country for the Washut Family Reunion for a weekend of Lake Chelan fun!! Out of state relatives were overwhelmed with the clear blue waters of the Lake
and the beauty of the surrounding area.
Our son renewed his wedding vows on his 25th wedding anniversary here. Both families gathered for a weekend of fun!
BBQ is a staple here. We have had numerous full pig roasts that fed the entire
neighborhood for a week! Summer nights always included grilling and often during the winter months too! Oysters and steaks are favorites.
The cliff has provided hours of entertainment watching everyone jump! To insure safety, we have always marked the rocks so from up on top you can see where to jump. That became a friendly battle with our neighbors. One night their college aged son painted one rock with Go Zags! Oh we laughed so hard but the next year, it was back to a big red “N” for Nebraska!
We have had diving board judging and lots of good entertainment! As you can tell, there is a lot of fun and family and friend time here!
My wife broke her neck 11 years ago and we just couldn’t leave the Lake. Even with the stairs in this house, we made it work with her wheelchair and stair lift. She still enjoyed watching the kids and welcomed the college aged grandkids and their friends, and of course, family.
Looking back, buying this house 33 years ago was one of the best decisions of my life for our family. It is with a heavy heart that I am selling our home. My hope is that it goes to a family that will enjoy it for many years and share many wonderful moments like our family has cherished and experienced.