Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Seattle and the land to the North

In late June, we flew to Seattle for a week-long exploration of NW Washington.  We spent the first day exploring downtown Seattle.  After an interesting stop at the visitor center of Klondike Gold Rush NHP, we explored Pike Place Market and a local park.  We then drove north to Bellingham to visit cousins, Elaine and Carl.  The rain hit the next day as we hiked in a local park to Whatcom Falls. 

From Bellingham, we drove up toward Mt. Baker.  By the time we got to the top, it seemed like we had slipped back in to winter.  Temps were in the 30's and there were piles of snow everywhere.  Ice flows hung in the lakes and a steady rain fell from a thick, gray sky.  The waterfalls were incredible.

On to Anacortes to visit friends Julie and Jay.  The following morning, the skies began to clear.  We hiked to a beautiful lake called Cranberry Lake, which was very Northwoods-like. 

We journeyed south down Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands to the ferry terminal to Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula.  By the time we made it to Port Townsend, the sun was blazing hot and the sky was brilliant blue.  As we played along the edge of the ocean, we looked forward to the adventure of Olympic National Park just around the corner...

Jasper at a local park chasing the pigeons! 

Whitcom Falls in Bellingham

A wintry world on the flanks of Mt. Baker

Glaciers through the fog on the flanks of Mt. Shuksan
Nooksack Falls near Mt. Baker

Cranberry Lake in Anacortes with Julie

Jasper excited about exploring the edge of the ocean!

1 comment:

  1. We had a blast with you! Hope to see you more often either up here or down there. Thanks for the visit, it was a real treat. =) Julie and Jay