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Jul 18, 2012 - Newhalem, WA – North Cascades National Park Complex

After spending a couple weeks near Olympia catching up on “things” after our cruise, we headed north then east on WA-20, the North Cascades Scenic Highway. The trip up the Skagit River Valley was really beautiful, with bucolic scenes along the way. The Skagit River is glacier fed and a nice blue-green color, prettier than the gray glacial silt we saw in the Alaskan rivers. Apparently, the type of rock being ground into “glacial flour” makes the difference in the color. The North Cascades National Park Complex is made up of three sections:...

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2012-Adventures

Aug 9, 2011 - North Cascades Nat'l Park

Very briefly, North Cascades looks pretty much like the Cascades to the east of us here – just further north! Duh! But, as the great explorer within me has to explore, I ventured into the inner sanctums of this northern park, via the only highway that goes through it. Since I had the trailer this time, I found a campground within the park that was really quite nice – insofar as it was wooded, with space between sites, and was actually quite sparsely occupied. In a loop with around 30 sites, there were only ½ doz sites occupied. And none on...

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Jun 28, 2011 - Milepost 4728 – North Cascade National Park, Newhalem WA

We spent a few days boondocking in the “park.” The park is a little different than the other National Parks that we have seen. Its visitor’s center isn’t in the park and there aren’t any roads in the park. We stayed in what is called Ross Lake National Recreation Area—a massive region along the Skagit River. The recreation area was set aside years after the river was dammed in three locations for hydroelectric power to provide electricity to Seattle and the surrounding area. The national park itself is reached from trailheads within the...

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Aug 11, 2009 - Move to Newhalem

With both of us feeling good and functioning normally we departed Mounthaven RV Park at 8:15 am on August 11th for Newhalem Creek Campground in North Cascades National Park, a distance of 197 miles. We went through the Seattle area on the 405 freeway which had several sections of roadwork with one lane traffic and it was very slow going. We exited I-5 to Washington 530 north of Everett and proceeded northeast. We stopped for lunch in Darrington then followed the Sauk River north to its junction with the Skagit River at Rockport where we...

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Pacific Coast 2009

May 15, 2008 - North Cascades National Park, WA

Three great days in the Cascades. We are losing track of days now. Today, we reassesed our progress and decided there is time to add a side trip to Mount Baker before crossing into BC. The best single thing we did in the Cascades was the walk to the Ross Lake Dam. What a fantastic and thrilling activity. The mountain views were spectacular. The dam is in my opinion more thrilling than the Hoover Dam. It is an absolute thrill to look over the edge. You really want something to hold on to and you don't want anybody else touching you because...

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Alaska 2008

Aug 6, 2007 - Washington-North Cascade Loop

After leaving Portland and the Columbia River Gorge on Saturday, Aug 4, we headed up through Washington and the North Cascade Loop. We passed by Mt. Rainier on our way to Yakima then on to Ellensburg for the night. On Sunday we made the drive through Wenatchee and Chelan, and it reminded us so much of home. The river is so beautiful and much like BHC was back in the day. Of course, the weather is not nearly as hot as home. There were apple orchards and vineyards all along the way. We also drove the North Cascade Loop which was beautiful. It...

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Jul 28, 2007 - North Cascades Nat'l Park

We've spent the last two nights in North Cascades Nat'l Park. The drive to and through the park was beautiful. The roads followed one whitewater river after another. The little town of Chelan is really nice, and Lake Chelan is beautiful ... we could spend more time there. Winthrop, WA has an Old West theme like Sisters, OR. This morning, we ran some great trails right out of the park campground.

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