August 28th through the 30th, 2011
From the HU meeting I was heading for Seattle, with the plan to stay with the Mill’s for a few days. They were at the HU meet as well, and asked that I didn’t show up right away (which I totally understood). I decided to head for the the Northern Cascades, planning on doing some hiking for a day to pass some time.
I admit to getting a little lost heading south from Nakusp,
Not that being lost was really a problem. South was south, after all.
Just north of the USA/Canada border I found a little ice cream place and decided to use up some of my remaining Canadian funds
It was cheap for ice cream, and delicious. A bit further down the road I found a sign
It sounded like a good idea so I pulled over and hiked up the hill and onto the trail.
I wasn’t sure what the falls were, or how far they were down the trail. I found these –
but wasn’t sure if that was what I was looking for. I hiked on, running into a couple walking the other way. They said the trail got worse further on, and they gave up when they reached a cave since they didn’t have flashlights.
I was starting to think the falls I had already seen were all there was on the trail, but hiked on a bit further.
About here I turned around and headed back for the road. The walk had been short but I felt better after the exercise, I didn’t get off the bike enough lately.
The border was only another 15 minutes down the road. Into the USA I wandered west along small roads, but it wasn’t long before I decided I wasn’t going to make the National Park that day.
Still, the scenery was nice, and I found a state park to camp in. They had showers, which was nice, and a very nice view –
The next day I headed for the park again, enjoying blue skies, nice weather, odd towns and funny signs.
I reached the park, enjoying a scenic byway
the views were awesome, it seemed like it had been a while since I was in the mountains, though it really hadn’t been. I just like mountains.
Yup, that’s snow. I was pretty high, being in the Cascades and everything. I went over a high pass and saw Diablo Lake
which was made by a dam, but is glacier fed, which is why it has that awesome blue color (glacier flour, bits of mineral suspended in the water). I decided while here that I would go to the next campground and find a site. Once the site was set up I found a hiking trail and took off along it.
After hiking for a little more than a hour I turned back to the campground. I saw a ranger program explaining part of the parks ecosystem before turning in and sleeping soundly.
In the morning I packed up and headed further through the park. I found Diablo Dam
and some waterfalls
The Visitor center was at the western edge of the park, and I rolled in to get a passport stamp and look at displays.
Blue chatted with the slug for a while, I think he was trying to get it into a game of tag.
Next up was Seattle, the Space Needle and a shower. Not in that order.