North Cascades, WA – From the coast to the peaks

Back on American soil in Anacortes, WA.

Diablo Lake, Washington.

Diablo Lake, Washington.

The only other 2007 Lynx we saw on the road in a year of


Washington Pass.

Washington Pass.

Sunrise at Washington Pass. I was still sleeping, but Mark got some great photos.

Sunrise at Washington Pass. I was still sleeping, but Mark

got some great photos.

Washington Pass looking down at the road we'd be traveling.

Washington Pass looking down at the road we'd be


Wasington Pass.

Wasington Pass.

Winthrop, Washington.

Winthrop, Washington.

One of several brew pubs.

Winthrop, Washington.

Winthrop, Washington.

Local bike shop in Winthrop, Washington.

Local bike shop in Winthrop, Washington.

Fiddlers Contest.

There were groups of all types up on stage and practicing

together in the grass.

The fiddlers were all ages.

Farmer's Market, Winthrop, WA

Farmer's Market, Winthrop, WA

Farmlands along the Northern Cascades.

Farmlands along the Northern Cascades.

The climate changed from wetter on the western side of the Cascades to drier as we descended the eastern slopes.

The climate changed from wetter on the western side of the

Cascades to drier as we descended the eastern slopes.

The towns along the way are small and inviting. 

We stopped in Republic, Washington and searched high and low for the visitors center, but despite several signs on the road, no one in town could help us locate it.

We stopped in Republic, Washington and searched high and

low for the visitors center, but despite several signs on the

road, no one in town could help us locate it.

Northern Cascades, Washington


August 25-27, 2007 - We arrived in Anacortes, Washington from Victoria, BC and,

after savoring a "burger and two beer" lunch special for a total of $7.50 at a cute little

bistro, we headed out over the Northern Cascade mountains towards Idaho.  It was a

beautiful drive.  We stopped for photos at the magical Diablo Lake where the water is a

brilliant turquoise.

While admiring the

view, we turned

and saw there was

another 2007 Lynx

travel trailer parked

nearby.  What a

surprise!  We saw only a handful of Lynxes all year -- an '05

and a few from the 1990's.  Where are all the others?

After climbing through the trees for miles and miles we came

across a scenic viewpoint at Washington Pass.  This is no ordinary

pullout.  Set back a half mile from the road there are bathrooms,

picnic tables with water spigots and a charming paved walking trail

along a spectacular ridge overlooking the winding road far below.

We took our time at this spot.

The road over the Cascades was completed in 1972, and many of

the towns along the way took that occasion to dress up a bit for the

tourists.  The very cute town of Winthrop was refurbished during the

1970's to reflect its western mining heritage, and today it is a

wonderful walking town.

When we arrived we

discovered they were hosting

a fiddling contest.  Fiddlers

from all over the west had

come to compete.  The

kids played really well.

Music seemed to be appreciated everywhere.  We stopped in another

town to pick up some goodies at the farmer's market, and a group of

musicians was entertaining people there as well.

Leaving northern

Washington we crossed into

northern Idaho where we

discovered the delightful

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

bike path.
































































Northern Washinton – Magical Mountains & Trees in Sleeves

1952 Argosy Travel Trailer

At the jailhouse in Black Diamond

Black Diamond Train Depot

What a surprise -- it's Mt. Rainier!! We both gasped when

we turned around and spotted it.

Mt. Rainier.

Lots of cyclists were doing the climb up to Sunrise Point on

this beautiful sunny day.

Views from Sunrise Point on Mt. Rainier.

Mt. Rainier. The wildflowers were in bloom everywhere.

The green grass on the lower mountains looked like it had

been carefully mowed!!

Mt. Rainier in July.

Lodge at the top.

Mt. Rainier.  14,000 feet of beauty.

Mt. Rainier hangs silently on the horizon, like a painted

backdrop to every scene.

Pigeon guillemots on Puget Sound.

Sailboat on the shimmering waters of

Puget Sound.

View from the hiking trail at Flagler State Park.

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington.

Happiness is...traveling and seeing new sights.

Washington coast.

Northern Washington

Jul 28-August 4, 2007 -- From southern Washington, we drove up to the northern

parts of Washington and the woods became thick, dark and damp.  We learned that this

is "old growth forest" with treasured old trees and undergrowth. It is very beautiful, but

after a few days camped in this stuff you long for the sun!!

People camp in all

kinds of rigs, but this

one caught our

attention instantly.

Owner Dennis told us it

took over 1900 hours

of work to restore this

1952 antique to its

modern glory.  He told

us his wife was very

tolerant, letting him

take a year off of work

to complete the


We stopped at the town of Black Diamond, a cute town with a

historic jail and train depot.  But the highlight for us was the

bakery's marionberry pie.  Delicious!

For days we had driven around hoping for a glimpse of Mt. Rainier,

but there had been too much fog.  As we stepped out of the bakery

we turned and were shocked to see the mountain resting quietly on

the horizon.

To get a better look at the mountain we drove up to Sunrise Point.

Others came up by bike.  It looked like a hard but rewarding ride.

The next day 900 cyclists tackled three major mountain passes in

the area -- but they got a cloudy day with no views!!

Mt. Rainier. If you look really closely you can see something of a

trail which is where the mountain climbers hike up to the summit.

40,000 people hike to 10,000 feet every year, and of those 10,000

make it to the summit. You can't do it all in one day -- there is a

camp up in the snow somewhere where everyone stays overnight

on the way up and the way down. It is the tallest mountain in the

US and is the training area for mountaineers planning on

ascending Kilamanjaro and other tall peaks worldwide.

Mt. Rainier. It stands

over 14,000 feet tall. The

tallest point you can

drive to is at 6,400 feet --

which is the same height

as the summit of Mt.

Washington in New


From Mt. Rainier we

traveled north to Puget

Sound and the Olympic

Peninsula.  The boats and

sea life were inviting, and

the peaks of Hurricane

Ridge in Olympic National Park were inspiring.

From Hurricane Ridge in

Olympic National Park we

made our way to Port

Angeles where we

boarded a ferry bound for

Vancouver Island.

































































Southern Washington – Falling Logs

All that mudflow used to be lush forest.

Mt. St. Helens.  The mudslides carved up the side of the

mountain.  The mountain used to be 1500 feet taller.

Downed trees flowed downriver and wreaked havoc.

The wind was so powerful during the eruption that acres of

trees were blown over and stripped. The lumber destroyed

could have built 500,000 homes.

The Washington coast is treacherous.

Ocean Spray has many cranberry growers in this region.

This region is one of the major cranberry producing regions

in the country.

A service station.

The electric company.

Ace Hardware.

Les Schwab Tires.

A trinket shop.

The shoe store.

The motel.

The grounds of Columbia Crest were beautifully kept.

And the wine was very tasty

One of the many million roses at the winery.

Southern Washington

July 20-27, 2007 - Now that we purchased a truck in northern

Oregon, we needed to get a new cap so everything in the truck

bed would be protected from the elements.  We had to wait three

weeks for the new cap, so we used that time to explore southern

Washington.  Our first stop was Mt. St. Helens.  We discovered it

had been spewing and sputtering since May.  Steam rose out of

the top, engulfing the area and giving the barren landscape and

stories of the 1980 eruption a spooky reality.

Next up was a visit to the Long Beach peninsula.  The skies were

grey and the air was damp and cold, but the area was lovely.  We

walked out to Long Beach and saw more evidence of this very

treacherous coastline: a government buoy had washed ashore

into the grass.  There have been thousands of shipwrecks along

this coast as well.  We also learned that this is a rich cranberry

growing region.  There was even a cranberry research station and

museum that showed all the crazy methods people have used

over the years to harvest cranberries.

As we drove along the scenic back roads we came across the tiny

town of Milton-Freewater.  They loves frogs. Every business in

town had a frog statue out front. They were charming.

Winding back through southeastern Washington we stopped in

at Columbia Crest Winery.  Their gorgeous landscaping and

buildings were a treat to walk through, and the wine wasn't bad


Roses grow really well around here and many people have them in their yards.

Our travels next took us from southern Washington into the central and

northern parts of the state.