This underwhelming Sykes subject leaves for the moment his passion for grand landscapes, although it keeps one of his frequent motifs, the winding road. Typically, Horace Sykes did not leave a caption nor clues nor cross-references. This slide did not appear in any neat order next to another and another that were both similar and revealing. So far at least it stands along. And so does that horizon. Is there another beyond it? I’ll imagine, at least, that he is reaching the summit of Colockum Pass that crossed the Saddle Mountains between Ellensburg and Wenatchee. While that is unlikely, still I have not yet completed looking through the boxes of Skypes slides from the 1940s and early 1950s and do both think it would be a natural subject for Sykes and hope to fine him up there. And up there it certainly is at 5383 feet, which it makes on of the hightest passes in the state – much higher than the 3022 feet at Snoqualmie and closer to the 5477 feet of Sherman Pass in the Okonagon between Republic and Kettle Falls on the Columbia.

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