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Jun 18, 2018 - North Cascades National Park

Left Snohomish after a great breakfast at Jakes. We arrived at North Cascades National Park and the weather was very warm, in the mid 80’s. Set up and took a fantastic hike to Ross Lake. Barbecued fresh salmon for dinner. Absolutely delicious. Then we did a fun little bike ride through the campgrounds. It's a beautiful campground and mostly empty so we feel like we have tons of privacy. Day two was the trilogy activity extravaganza. We then had an awesome mountain bike ride over some dirt and gravel trails along the rivers. Then, after...

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Aug 28, 2017 - Travel from North Cascades NP to Olympic Peninsula

August 28 – Travel from North Cascades NP to Olympic Peninsula We arrived at the ferry terminal in plenty of time and rolled on after 10 motorbikes and two semis. The 30-minute ferry was full and the ride smooth to the Olympic Peninsula. Our campground is a converted military fort that was used to protect the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north. This post was Fort Hayden and has large bunkers that housed 8” and 16” cannons that were later used in Europe during the First World War. After we set-up twice – I had two receipts and referred to...

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Aug 28, 2017 - Travel from North Cascades NP to Olympic Peninsula

August 28 – Travel from North Cascades NP to Olympic Peninsula We arrived at the ferry terminal in plenty of time and rolled on after 10 motorbikes and two semis. The 30-minute ferry was full and the ride smooth to the Olympic Peninsula. Our campground is a converted military fort that was used to protect the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north. This post was Fort Hayden and has large bunkers that housed 8” and 16” cannons that were later used in Europe during the First World War. After we set-up twice – I had two receipts and referred to...

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Aug 27, 2017 - Ladder Waterfall hike and Skagit River Hyrdroelectric Plant Tour

August 27 – Ladder Waterfall hike and Skagit River Hyrdroelectric Plant Tour While it was cool on Sunday morning, we drove a short distance to the Ladder Falls next to the Gorge hydroelectric power plant. The water is from the Neve Glacier that we could not see further south from the waterfall. Later in the morning, we took a 2-hour tour of the Gorge hydroelectric power plant that took us next to the four 10-foot diameter, 24 megawatt turbines and the 24-foot diameter, 100 megawatt turbine. The tour included a chicken picnic dinner that we...

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Aug 26, 2017 - Camping in North Cascades NP' Newhelem Campground

August 26 - Camping in North Cascades NP' Newhelem Campground We arrived at our campsite at 9 AM. The campsite is large with a pull-thru large enough for our TV and car. We headed for the town of Newhalem along the Skagit River. We walked across the suspension bridge to the Trail of the Cedars and took the walking loop to see the 300-year-old cedars. The area is moist and moss is growing everywhere. We stayed with Martha in the afternoon. Lesson learned: park in the shadiest part of the campsite to keep the coolest spot. Sunshine is great...

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Aug 25, 2017 - Travel from Ellensburg, WA to North Cascades National Park Via Seattle

August 25 – Travel from Ellensburg, WA to North Cascades National Park Via Seattle We had a nice travel day over the mountains but joined hundreds of motorists for an hour in 5 lanes of very slow traffic just east of Seattle on the interstate. We decided to camp tonight at the Rockport KOA that is about 27 miles west of the park. We will move to our park campsite early tomorrow morning. We did visit our park campsite to check it out. It is a pull through in a thickly wooded site with plenty of space. After we arrive tomorrow, we will take...

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Jun 24, 2016 - North Cascades and Entry to Canada

Drive Began: North Cascades NP Temperature: 49!!! Roads Driven: North Cascades Highway, Trans-Canada 1, Cariboo Highway Miles: 391 Hours: 7 Notable Cities/ Sights: North Cascades NP, British Columbia scenery Critters spotted: Ravens, bald eagle Drive Ended: Williams Lake Stampede Fairgrounds Local food eaten: Fish and chips, gravy on french fries Beers in Cooler: Ranier. We tried Kokani but didn't care for it. Because of the rain, we did not try to set up the radio at North Cascades. Because we were nervous about bears, we slept with...

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Jun 23, 2016 - The Oregon Trail and North Cascades National Park

Drive Began: Boise Temperature: 63 in Oregon! Roads Driven: I-84, 730, 395 Miles: 605 Hours: 10 Notable Cities/ Sights: Oregon Trail, North Cascades NP Critters spotted: Not many came out in the rain Drive Ended: North Cascades NP Local food eaten: Don't remember Beers in Cooler: RANIER! The Lone Star of the North! We had a fabulous waffle breakfast, thanks to Oneiro and Anji. We had a lovely stay with them. We stopped at Fred Meyer, mostly because this was the furthest south we have ever seen a Fred Meyer. We must be in that mystical...

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Aug 18, 2015 - North Cascades

We traveled through the Northern Cascades today and it was a beautiful trip after we drove through the smoke filled air. We saw one fire burning and talked with an individual from the area who said this is the dryest it's been in 100 years. Some fires are being left to burn because there is no one to fight them. While we were in the Cascade Visitor Center a fire started across the road from the entrance. It was amazing how quickly the smoke filled the valley we were traveling through. Arrived this afternoon in Bellingham and will spend the...

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JC&Linda Clark

Aug 1, 2015 - North Cascades National Park, Washington

Driving along we were startled to see a bear run across the road in front of us and head straight up a steep hill. You kinda forget that they can move really fast. We spent a night at Skagit River Resort, Rockport which I'm sure was great in its heyday, it's looking a little tired now. The temperature was in the high 30s and the cabin only had a fan, no aircon. Funnily they did supply coffee beans and a coffee grinder. They also provided rabbit food to feed all the feral rabbits around the grounds. The mountains in North Cascades are quite...

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Aug 11, 2011 - Thunder Knob Trail

Our second day here, we went for a 4.7 mile hike on Thunder Knob trail. It starts right in our campground and winds its way to the top of the hill where we have a great view of the lake. We started in lush green mossy trees and find ourselves on top where it is not so lush. The trees are smaller and a lot of them are dead or dying. There is a lot more space between trees and there are only a couple of different kinds of them. I don’t know why it’s like this. It is almost like going up in elevation and going to a different climate zone, only...

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Aug 10, 2011 - What a Change

Wow, what a difference a few miles makes. We left Twisp about 9:45 and started driving west. The landscape is changing as we go. We are still in a valley. The valley is about a mile wide and we are seeing more and more pine trees. It is a very pretty country and we remark that it would be nice living here. We finally start climbing in elevation as we need to go over Washington Pass at 5477’. We can see snow on the mountains and we stop in one place for road construction and have a big snowdrift right alongside the road. The temperature is...

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