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  • Day6

    Entering North Cascades National Park

    September 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Once we could finally leave with semi-dry equipment, we rode West in Skagit River Valley towards North Cascades National Park. The views are beautiful: rivers and creeks, mountains around, little waterfalls, huge green trees. The weather was a little unstable and we had to take on and off our rain jackets and pants.
    In Newhalem, we stopped for lunch and everyone in that tiny community wanted to know where we were heading to and looked quite astonished when we answered with "Argentina". One guy who had just come from a 5-day trail work assignment in the mountains offered us his leftover food: 2 packages of ready-to-eat smoked salmon, mashed totatoes and hot chocolate powder. Great guy, we need it! 😉
    In general, this was an easy day of cycling with 83km and 750m of climbing, and we ended it with a stunning dinner location at Colonial Creek Camp.

    PS: Campgrounds here in the NP are a little different to European ones. You have plenty of space, usually hidden in the trees (a little too dark and wet we think) and a lockable box to put gear and food ("anythink that smells"), so that bears are not attracted to your tent.
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  • Day18

    Hi mom, Hi dad

    September 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Three years ago this past July my three sisters and I journeyed to the beautiful emerald Diablo Lake in the Cascade mountains. There we spread our mother’s ashes in the same place we had spread our dad’s almost 20 years before.

    We chose that spot because a few years before dad passed, he and mom visited the lake with Gordon and me. As he gazed out on the jewel hued water, he said, Now I don’t really need to go to heaven. I’ve already seen it.”
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  • Day102

    A Little Vacation...

    August 26, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We drove a couple more hours and stopped at another National Forest site just on the edge of Northern Cascades National Park, and headed in early the next morning. We got a gorgeous camp spot right on Diablo Lake covered in rainforesty canopy, and spent the rest of the day prepping for some more backcountry camping.

    In the morning we pumped up the kayak and loaded her up before setting off down the lake. Again we found it pretty hard going as this thing doesn't cut through the water like a hard shell and has a tendency to go sideways! Still we got to our camp spot about 90 minutes later although we had a choice of 3 beautiful spots it was a no brainer to take the one looking directly back down the flooded valley.

    The next day we were supposed to be paddling to the over side of the lake and doing a short hike but the seams on the boat were coming apart ominously so we were forced to spend the day lazying around in the sun punctuated with many short dips in the slightly chilly (Jo says freezing) lake. Although we were roughing it I'm sure we probably cooked the poshest backcountry meals in the whole park with Thai curry, pasta, bangers and mash washed down with red wine, then pancakes in the morning (which were a bit of nightmare without oil!)

    On the 3rd morning we tied up the bursting seam as best we could and set off back to Elvis. Despite the amazing weather over the past few days this morning a storm was starting to roll in and it was pretty windy. Although we were both only paddling on one side every 10 strokes or so we were turned about and had to do a couple of reverse strokes to straighten us up again. The boat was sagging a bit sadly but it wasn't too bad and with the cross wind we actually made it back much quicker than we'd gone out (fortunately - don't want to think about the wind being in the other direction!).

    Once back onshore we loaded up Elvis and in an hour we were on the western coast. We've now touched the major compass points of the country, and still have nearly 3 months before our visas run out.
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  • Day101

    North Cascades National Park, Washington

    September 4, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Quick stop up in North Cascades National Park before heading down to Mt. Rainier! I think this deserves it's own post because 1) it was a beautiful park, and 2) this is just about as far away from home that we can get in the continental US (possibly with the exception of Olympic National Park), and is as far away as we'll be going on our trip. From here on out, we're technically headed towards home and not away from it!Read more

  • Day13

    North Cascades National Park

    July 13, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Well, this definitely wasn't our favorite park. It was pretty, but small & unorganized. There was no entrance gate to get a map or brochure, so we just drove around until we found a trail that looked cool. We ended up hiking the Thunder Knob Trail. The beginning of it was very cool, shady, & mossy, but it just kept spiraling up and was very sunny & hot at the top. We finally found the tiny visitor's center & took a picture with the sign as we were leaving the park.Read more

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