After taking the summer off to avoid crowds (well Wm took time off, as you may know Lisa went to Europe and blogged about her travels at www.lisapleiss.wordpress.com), we were itching to visit more of America’s National Parks!
North Cascades National Park is only a couple hours drive from our home near Seattle, where it is situated in the Cascade mountain range that divides Washington State into “wet” and “dry” halves. This extensive range begins in Canada and extends southward through Oregon and into Northern California, with hundreds of peaks rising over 8000 feet in elevation.
Given how warm the day was, we opted for the drive up to higher elevations in hopes of cooler temperatures. The highway that runs through the park is surely one of the nicest drives in the world, with sweeping curves, smooth slopes, and majestic views. It reaches its apex at Washington Pass, where the usual snow-covered peaks were largely absent for our late-summer visit.
Because we were so close to home, we decided to for-go camping, instead opting for the comforts of a real bed. But, we were so impressed with this Park’s natural beauty, we’ll no doubt return to explore its more remote regions.