September 16 – North Cascades NP – WA

Foggy morning to start out but it lifted in a short while. Scenery along the way was impressive and enjoyable – if it can be both – yes! More development and houses than we were used to in Alaska and Canada but it is still nice to see all the mountains and trees.

Short trip – 73 miles – though winding roads and not a lot of elevation gain.

Arrived at Alpine RV Park in Marblemount, WA (small village) just before the National Park. Campground is small, gravel roads and large grass sites with 30 A full hook ups. Great deal as it is a Passport America Campground which cost me $15 per night.

Went into North Cascades NP to the visitor’s center. Saw the movie, got my stamp and the magnet. This park protects the mountains and glaciers and water for future generations and to provide recreation for all.

Did drive the main road east from the VC and stopped at a few look out points.

Did stop at Newhalem, which was a work camp for the building of the dam and hydroelectric plant back in 1922.

This is one of the main sources for electric power to Seattle.

Tree that you can see thru!DSC_0051


Did see Gorge Creek.

Wednesday dry and warm in fact it hit 80 degrees today and we are in the mountains – woo a heat wave!

We headed out to Rainy Pass (elevation 4880) to connect to the Pacific Crest Trail –

remember it with Reese Witherspoon and the movie “Wild”. It’s a national trail that goes from Mexico to Canada. We hiked part of the trail – lots of other backpackers along the way.

Hiked a couple of other trails along the way back.

The scenery is wonderful.

Stopped at the Diablo Dam and Ross Lake and walked around.

Went back to the NP VC and got my stamp for Ross Lake National Recreational Area. Walked the dogs along some trails at the VC.

Went out to dinner at the Buffalo Run Restaurant – historic 1889 old growth cedar roadhouse that was a frequent watering hole for the gold miners, mountain men, lumberjacks and mule trains traveling up the Skagit River into the North Cascade mountains, serving wild game food. We enjoyed Mountain Oysters and Buffalo Stroganoff.

Thursday is our day to relax – smoking a 7 pound Pork Butt. And the weather hit 85, our AC had to run – been a while.

Fall is coming!

Pulled Pork turned out great and now we have a few meals for a while.

Friday is off to Seattle.

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