Even further to the east, the highway climbs high above Ross Lake, a reservoir behind Ross Dam. This water backs all the way beyond the Canadian border, about 20 miles due north of us.
If any of you happen to be Jack Kerouac fans, it was on a mountain rising from the east shore of Ross Lake where he spent the summer of 1956 as a fire lookout just before writing DESOLATION ANGELS.
By the way, the turquoise hue of the water is due to very finely-ground "rock flour," and is a common (even distinguishing) characteristic of pristine, glacier-fed lakes.
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