Pearrygin Lake SP - Glacier (Mount Baker)
Aug 18, 2010
|For once we don't rush off. Pearrygin Lake State Park is in such a beautiful setting, we stay to drink our morning coffee on the balcony of our little cabin, overlooking the lake glinting in the sunshine with the hazy hills behind.
We follow the Columbia River yet again. Then turn west, and once again, we are driving through some spectacular mountain scenery. Lake Diablo, is the highlight. The glacial fed water (rock flour/silt) gives the water it's vivid jade colour.
Finally we catch a glimpse of Mount Baker, gleaming white in the sunlight, and we know we can't be far from our destination.
I have some reservations about this, our last destination (and Tom even more so - but more of that later). Back home, I had searched long and hard for a 'special' place to spend our last three nights - somewhere that would make a fitting climax to our holiday.
It had to be close to the Canadian border, as Tom didn't want the stress of a long drive on the day we had a flight to catch.
I had wanted to find a little beach house somewhere near the Canadian border, but could find nothing (that didn't cost a small fortune).
So with some reservation, I booked a condo on the edge of the Mount Baker NP. The warning signs were there. I hunted for information on the area on the internet - and found next to nothing. I wondered why.
Tom had even more reservations. He had read our rental agreement. It isn't very friendly, to put it mildly. In fact, it's verging on being hostile.
When we enter our condo, we find that it doesn't have air-con, a dish-washer, washing machine, TV reception (despite the satellite dish and box above the monitor!). It does have a video recorder, but no videos to play in it!
Now, of course we didn't have any of these things in the State Parks, and it is actually good to remove yourself from all the trappings of modern society sometimes. But we wanted some creature comforts for our last days in the US, and we had paid accordingly!
Tom is not awfully impressed. The room is dark, but it is comforable and clean, so I can live with it.
However, we have two whole days to spend in this hamlet. One day we want to spend in the glorious Mount Baker NP. But for the other day...well there is nothing in the immediate area.
I had hoped to go canoeing again at Silver Lake, but they only rent out boats at the weekend. Ho-hum!