Saturday 17th August 2019
We had a lovely week in North Cascades National Park. We had wanted to visit here last year but wildfires in the area put the kibosh on that idea. Thank goodness we have not been near any fires since leaving Alaska.
Our first big hike was a ten miler with 3,000 foot elevation gain. The lovely scenery spurred me on. Our destination was Hidden Lake.
There were plenty of cool shrooms on the wooded area of the trail.
Once we reached higher elevations the flowers started showing their beauty.
From spotted lilies to….
The bees were also enjoying the flowery goodness.
Getting closer to the top of the trail.
I can see why it’s called Hidden Lake, tucked away in the mountain tops. What a great place for lunch.
We needed a laid back day after our burly hike or least my old lady legs did. We wandered around some giant cedar trees. Dean likes to take a rest wherever he can find it.
Yes! I am a tree hugger.
Our campground had several plum trees.
We love free fruit for the picking.
Add a couple of frozen bananas and we had seriously good smoothies.
A bit of plum jam and more smoothie fixings. Score.
Our feet and legs were feeling good so on to lengthy hike number 2.
This beast was a 12 miler and also had serious elevation gain but the views were spectacular.
A couple of wild mountain goats bounded into view. They were so cute.
Dean found a smashing nap spot.
We enjoyed watching the gamboling goats.
I found a flowery bed for my rest.
Time to move on for the last stretch.
We made it to the fabulous top.
One of the goats was waiting for another pic on the way down.
I took a tumble on the last part of the trail and fell on my awesome hiking stick. I felt worse about the busted stick than my scrapes and bruises.
Dean had snagged me a great Agave stalk back in St. George, Utah a couple of years ago. With some wood burning and paint I had a nice blingy hiking stick.
Glue and clamps to the rescue. Thanks Dean for performing life saving surgery on my stick.
Onwards to Mount Rainier.