Wind is whipping through the big-leaf maples, sprinkling yellow leaves and bits of green sphagnum moss into the air. It drops like green-gold snow outside my window as we zip up Washington State Route 20 toward Ross Lake.

The roof of my Subaru hums annoyingly where a canoe and kayak are strapped down. Nolan Leh leans out the passenger window to check. "Just a strap snapping in the wind," he reports. I crank up the volume on the radio. A rhythmic bass beat vibrates the car and I feel a rush of excitement. Alana seems to feel it too. In the rearview mirror I can see her nodding her head to the beat. This week could be our last beautiful window of Pacific Northwest summer and we are all eager to get on the water…

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