The "Enchantments" are a breath-taking, endless sequence of lakes nr. Leavenworth, WA.
The area has a very strict permitting policy and only a few lucky people get a permit for overnight stays each year.
This picture was taken on our last trip there in 2004. If you are running Windows Vista – it's pretty much taken from the same spot the default Vista desktop background is taken from.
If you've ever wanted to hike the enchantments and are thinking this would be the year to do it – the applications are due soon.
You cannot mail your application prior to Feb 21st (postmark) – but it has to be there before March 1st. Then at random, they will select applicants for a permit. There are several strategies around filling out the form to improve your chances.
Some good tips and more information can be found here:
i’m heading up there in june with a friend who got a permit. what kind of gear should we be packing?
sean – i’d pretty much take what’s on my gearlist. maybe with a little colder-weather gear as it might be cold/snow in the upper enchantments in june still. check w/the ranger on conditions closer to your trip – this has been a low snowpack year, so it might melt out fast.