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4x4adventurer
10-10-2011, 06:09 PM
Amazing Road trip through the North Cascades Memorial Day weekend

Took 82 out of Kennewick to Ellensburg, then 97 up to Levenworth. From there we took the Chumstick highway up to lake Wenatchee, then 207 over to U.S. 2 (same road that runs through my hometown in Michigan).



This shot is on the backroad behind lake Wenatchee.
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From here we looked around for a place to camp but it was almost dark and no spots open at any of the campgrounds( This was Memorial day weekend) ended up staying at a hotel in Baring. I had talked to a waitress at the cafe back in Skykomish earlier and she told us about a cool overlook that the locals party at. So we backtracked a bit to go check out this Spot. So if your wondering how to get there. You take Foss river Rd just before Skykomish and as her directions Keep right ( generaly stay right and follow the better looking roads. You end up at an Antenna and if you follow the road around and down you come to this amazing Camp / overlook spot.

Shot a few shots up here:
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Dogs were loving it.
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Heading back down
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This road would be easy for any car with a little bit of clearance but was rough and bumpy with some washout spots. You can see our goal on the horizon Mt baker


So on we went. checked out a beach on the Sound but it was so crowed it was caos no place for a baby and 2 huskies. So we headed north on the 5 to highway 9 and from that to 542. 542 will take you to mt Baker.
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The mountain still Taunting us from the distance.



Got Dark before we got there so set up camp at the Douglas fir Campground. Sweet spot right next to a trout stream with ripping rapids.
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Not bad for a point and shoot doing astro. Stars are comming through the trees.

Then time for an imperial IPA
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Not to bad

and some more playing with the camera

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Woke up to this:


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Husky Head bangin.


Our Little girls first time in a tent. Lovin it
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Packed up and headed up the mountain and finally got what we drove all this way for.
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THis place was way bigger than it looks.

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Heres the dogs way off in the distance. The black one is from michigan and grew up in the snow the white and black one hasnt realy seen real snow and this was her first time.
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So Down the mountain and back home we head but this time were taking the high route home. Take 542 back to 9 south to 20 and head east on the North Cascades Highway.


along 9 somewhere
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Just like back home.

Views just kept getting better on this trip.
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This whole area is filled with Hydro power projects. Alot of cool history.

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I swam in this lake. very very cold.

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This is going up the west side of Washington Pass


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From the viewpoint at the top

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After the pass we came to a bridge that was being worked on. There was us and 2 other rigs going our way east. The backed up traffic going west stretched for at least 6 or 7 miles totaly backed up not mooving. Corner after corner the line kept going it was the craziest thing I ever saw. People getting out and walking ahead and im like dont bother youve got another 5 miles till the dude with the sign. So we took 20 to 153 to lake pateros crashed in a sleazy motel in brewster. In the morning grabbed 17 south to Moses lake and 395 to get us home. Didnt shoot much more pics after the mountains as the terrain was all to familier. Recomend this drive to anyone the Scenery was amazing.

Ceg
10-10-2011, 07:29 PM
Great report and pictures!! Looks like a lot of fun. Shanks for sharing.

Ceg
10-10-2011, 07:44 PM
Our Little girls first time in a tent. Lovin it
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We had three babies in a row we took camping. Some were darn near born on the trail. The youngest is now 5.

mdmead
10-10-2011, 08:56 PM
Cool pics! Looks like a busy trip.