Ever since I drove through North Cascade National Park in 2009 I’ve wanted to go back. This time we would be going the recommended way; east to west. We drove up the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20 in Washington state.
It's considered one of the
most spectacular mountain drives. We were rewarded with dramatic views of the
jagged mountains called the “North American Alps.” U.S.
We crossed over 5,477
and were still looking ‘way up at rugged peaks all around us. ft. Washington Pass
I think this serrated hunk of rock is called Liberty Bell.
Another mountain along the way--maybe
. Colonial Peak
We passed over the bridge which crossed
. I made DH pull over so I could go back and
braved passing trucks and RV’s to get a shot of the water cascading (good bet that’s why the mountains are called the cascades?) down the rocky
hillside. Even there the conditions were
much dryer than during my last visit. Gorge
More mountains. Probably
Pyramid Peak.This time I remembered to put the
polarizer filter on my camera to bring out the blue-blues in the sky.
I wish I could show how massive these hulks of snowy rock really are. Just mind-boggling.
Another log truck.
Lake. Gets its
turquoise color from the sediments in the water melting off all those glaciers.
Through a tunnel drilled out of solid rock.
Another picket fence of peaks on the other side.
We stopped at the
to check out the
exhibits and information plus a very clean and nicely fixtured restroom—always
a surprise and plus on a road trip. North Cascades National