Monday, August 15, 2011

Day 46 – Through the Northern Cascades – August 14, 2011


Today’s Mileage: 168
Miles to Date: 2237

Today we turned east on Washington State Route 20 through the Northern Cascades. We are spending the night in the little town of Carlton Washington. We are again without any TV signal and have to rely on the internet for news.

The North Cascades are a section of the Cascade Range of western North America. They span the border between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the U.S. state of Washington. The US portion of the North Cascades and the adjoining Skagit Range in British Columbia are most notable for their dramatic scenery and challenging mountaineering, both resulting from their steep, rugged topography. Most of the peaks are less than 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) in elevation. The North Cascades are sometimes referred to as America’s Alps.

The day started out with low clouds and periods of light rain. The low clouds persisted through lunch.

Lunch Stop


clip_image002 Skagit River running alongside our lunch stop

By the time we had finished our lunch, it appeared that the sun might come out so I set up the camera for the next leg of today’s journey. The rain held off and Raija was able to take footage of our trek through the Cascades.

About half way through the Cascades, the sky cleared and the outside temperature made it to 80 degrees.

Through the Northern Cascades on Washington Route 20

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