National Geographic : 1968 May
the valley. It wouldn't be honest for me to use the electricity it makes." From the Courtney place we drove on to visit Harry Buckner at his homestead carved out of deep forest. He was in his apple orchard inspecting trees scarred by powerful claws. "Bears," he complained. "They've killed this tree. When the apples ripen, so many come to steal the fruit I have to sit up nights chasing them off." Back on the road, we rounded a sharp bend and met two bears headed in the general di rection of Harry's orchard. We sent them back up the valley with a blast of the horn. Still far from road's end, a snowbank blocked us, and we turned around. Neal got down to guide me as I backed the car. "I saw a moose track in the snow," he said as we started back for the village. A Stehekin ite we picked up a while later said he'd seen the animal, a young bull. Moose are rare in the Stehekin Valley, but sometimes they stray in from Canada, 50 miles north. "A small herd of elk wintered in the valley last year," said our passenger. "We have deer by the thousands." Fresh-water Lake Yields "Salty" Catch Later, on the wharf at Stehekin, I saw an angler proudly displaying a fish he had just caught, a 10-pounder that he called a "ling cod." More correctly, he had landed a burbot, which is a member of the codfish family, true enough-the only fresh-water cousin of all that salt-water clan. You can catch them, as well as large trout, in quarter-mile-deep Lake 647 IC PHOTOGRAPHER JAMESP. BLAIR N.G.S.