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Mule power to rescue historic Olympics chalet

Friday, August 22, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

A historic Olympic National Park chalet on the verge of sliding into a river is being rescued by mules.
   Enchanted Valley Chalet, built in the 1930s alongside the East Fork Quinalt River, now hangs eight feet over the riverbank because of erosion. The rest of the log structure stands in a grassy meadow within the park’s wilderness area. Because of wilderness restrictions, motorized vehicles and machinery are banned.
   That’s where the mules come in.
   Park officials have hired a contractor to slide the chalet 100 feet from the river, and to enable that, mules will carry material and supplies 13 miles up the valley to the site. Read more about the chalet and see its precarious perch on this WTA page.

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