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Aug 10, 2015 - North Cascades NP

North Cascades National Park is located in Northwest Washington State. The park consists of a northern and a southern district or unit. These are separated by Ross Lake National Recreation Area. The southeast boundary of the southern district abuts Lake Chelan National Recreation Area; the park and two recreation areas are managed as the North Cascades National Park Complex. NCNP is the largest of the three National Park Service units that comprise the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Ross Lake is formed by Ross Dam and is...

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2015 RV Adventure

Sep 25, 2013 - Traveling the North Cascades

Wed Sep 25 We went down to a bakery in town for breakfast and ended up talking with a local horse rancher. Then we saddled up and pointed our rig west. There had been the possibility of snow forecast for the North Cascades but it was clear as we left Winthrop. The ride through the North Cascades, over Washington Pass and beyond, was very pleasant. There was snow (some new, some old) on many of the mountains. The fresh snow line was around 5,000 feet. At one point I looked at the instrument panel and saw that our trip average for the day was...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Newhalem National Park

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – Big Creek Yukon Government campground Most of the Yukon campgrounds supply campers with firewood. The usual rate for dry camping is $14-$16 dollars a night. The campgrounds are usually well kept and bathrooms clean. Thursday, August 15, 2013 -- Big Creek CG to Kinaskan Provencial Park The Cassair Highway is said to be dramatically improved in recent years but it seems to me that it needs much more dramatic improvement. It is generally narrower than most 2-lane highways with little or no shoulders. Just one...

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VNL Travels 2013

Jun 14, 2012 - Mount Rainer and beyond

Hi everyone! We headed from Bremerton/Seattle area to Mount Rainer on Monday. Got there in the usual Washington rainstorm and got set up. It was about 40 when we arrived and just yuck. Decided we would stay for two days boondocking (no hook ups) at the Canyon Rock Campground. As I am reading the postings on the bulletin board I see a sign that says Warning- this area is subject to geological changes including mudslides, rock slides, flash floods and tremors. Great, Mount Rainer is an active volcano. Ok, we can do this. About that time I...

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Aug 4, 2009 - Rockport State Park

Went to Rockport State Park today and hiked the Evergreen loop through the thick old growth forest seeing several large, old mossy trees. We also saw a new type of slug - pacific banana slug - it was yellow and had black spots! This slug can grow up to 10 inches long (2nd largest slug in the world) - thank goodness the ones we saw were more like 4 inches long. We leave for the west coast tomorrow morning.

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Northwest 2009

Aug 3, 2009 - Salmon BBQ, Cascade River Road, Visit with Tina's parents

Yesterday we had a late lunch/early dinner at a local salmon BBQ fundraiser. We had grilled salmon, pasta salad, baked beans and bread - it was delicious. We cleaned the RV and relaxed the rest of the day. Today we drove the Cascade River Road into the southern part of North Cascades Natl Park. It was a beautiful 22 mile drive into the mountains with large old growth trees in places and pretty views of the river, several waterfalls and the moss covered forest. The first 10 miles were paved, the rest was gravel - there were several places...

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Northwest 2009

Aug 1, 2009 - Baker Lake

We drove the Jeep to Baker Lake on the east side of Mount Baker and west of North Cascades NP. We are glad we brought the Jeep - it is great on the gravel and dirt roads we keep finding! Got some nice views of Mount Baker and other snow capped mountains along the way. We also finally found a decent grocery store in one of the towns along the way - most of the grocery stores in this area are part of a gasoline station convenience store and thus, overpriced and understocked. We hiked another loop with old growth huge trees in Mount Baker...

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Northwest 2009

Aug 1, 2009 - North Cascades National Park

After Barb and Larry left we headed for North Cascades National Park. We had a nice drive and followed State Hwy 20 through the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. We made stops at the Visitor Center, Gorge Creek Falls, Diablo Lake Overlook and Ross Lake Overlook. We didn't have a lot of time today since we didn't get going until nearly lunch time but we managed to follow the road all the way to the end and then retraced our path back to our hotel. There are a couple of other dirt roads in the park but we didn't even think about following...

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Our 2009 Travels

Jul 31, 2009 - Driving the main road thru North Cascades NP

We drove back east across the passes today through North Cascades National Park on highway 20 and stopped at the overlooks we hadn’t stopped at before. Near Rainy Pass, we saw the remains of yesterday’s slide - looked like a big one - glad the road was open again. We hiked to Rainy Lake - a pretty lake created by a glacier with a long waterfall coming from the glacier and going into the lake. We also hiked to Ross Dam - we saw two of the 3 dams in this area yesterday, this is the 3rd one. Even though the high was supposed to be low 80s...

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Northwest 2009

Jul 30, 2009 - North Cascades Natl Park - Dams, hiking

We explored the western part of North Cascades Natl Park today. We hiked the Trail of the Cedars seeing several old growth large cedars - amazed at the amount of moss in the woods and the number of old trees along the trail. We saw huge black slugs that apparently love lichen because every one we saw was munching on a piece of lichen that was at least as large as they were. The Gorge Dam was neat and the Ladder Creek falls near the dam was pretty - the name has to be from the shape of the falls - the entire falls was about 40 feet tall and...

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Northwest 2009

Jul 29, 2009 - Drive to Marblemount, WA

We had an interesting drive from Republic, WA to just west of Marblemount, WA where we are staying for a week. Our campsite is great - trees everywhere. The drive included 4 passes - 3 which were on the map and 1 that was a surprise. Rick has gotten really good at making sure the RV engine doesn’t overheat going uphill and the brakes don’t glass over going downhill. The mountain passes on highway 20 east of North Cascades Natl Park are VERY steep both uphill and downhill. But, thanks to Rick’s great driving we made it through without ever...

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Northwest 2009