Entering North Cascades National ParkSeptember 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.Read more