Lois Hits the Road travel blog

What we saw at the summit

Fall and winter

From our campsite

When I came to my cousin's house, and learned that Dale was going fishing on Friday for a couple of weeks, I said to Pat, "Do you want to drive over to the coast with me?"

She thought she would, but had a cookie obligation on Saturday. Famous for her cookies, she has made many over the years. She has sold them at bake sales to help her grandkids go on trips, given them away at Christmas, and now, she had to deliver six dozen for a 50th wedding anniversary. Each one was shaped as a 50. That mission was accomplished yesterday.

Today, we leave to drive over Chinook Pass, State Highway 410. It is raining in the Yakima area. The computer says it is raining over the pass. This scenic route deserves that title. The fall color is popping in vivid yellows, oranges, and reds, with lots of greens remaining in the background. Beautiful.

Stopping for breakfast along the route, we soon continue west. Eventually the rain turns to snow, but not thick and not sticking. Just pristine and white. We take pictures of fall color and above it winter.

"It 's wonderful to be here," I tell Pat. "Listening to Prairie Home Companion, good company, an awesome mountain scene, even though we can't see Mt. Rainier."

We try to see Mount St. Helens, but it is wrapped in clouds and we eventually give up and find a campsite by Mayfield Lake. We walk around in the rain, wishing for sunshine.

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