Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Our delicious cinnamon roll from the Cinnamon Twisp bakery in Twisp, WA

Marie & Boomer.

Elena playing with Boomer & his bear. The stuffed bear has been...

We took a few photos while driving the North Cascade Highway. It's...












Elena found some flowers still blooming at some of our stops.



For lunch we had a salad that included a lemon cucumber Marie...

The Cascades are so rugged and beautiful along Hwy. 20.


The forests along this route are very lush and beautiful also.


Ross Lake




Ross Lake

We are just starting to see a little fall color - Wait...

Diablo Dam





(Ron Writing) This morning we said goodbye to our friends Marie and Boomer (Marie’s Pomeranian). In a couple weeks our friend John plans to come here to help Marie get her place closed-up for the winter. Then they will caravan south to Arizona. We plan to see them both in Congress, AZ again this winter. Last winter in Congress a lady that lives at North Ranch interviewed John and Marie about their RV life. She wrote an article about them and it was recently published in RV Life magazine. You can read that article on line at this web site.

We drove to the Les Schwab tire store in Twisp, WA to get the trailer tire fixed. While they were fixing the tire we went to the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery, a local favorite that Marie recommended. We bought the last cinnamon roll they had and also a loaf of rye sourdough bread. Both were excellent.

We left Twisp heading north on WA-20 up through the Methow Valley where it becomes the North Cascades Highway. The highway climbs gradually to the end of the valley and the ascends very steeply to Washington Pass at 5,477’. The views of the rugged mountains of the Cascade Range are awesome. We had very hazy skies again today so the photos don’t show the beauty of this area very well.

Highway 20 runs through the center of the North Cascades National Park without actually entering the park. It runs on a strip of land that is part of Ross Lake National Recreation Area which was established along the Skagit River. This river has a system of dams and reservoirs that furnish power to the city of Seattle, and preceded the establishment of the national park. The national park itself really doesn’t have any roads but there are many hiking trails through this vast mountain wilderness.

At Rockport we headed south on WA-530 to Darrington, WA. Just south of Darrington WA-530 becomes a scenic route called the mountain loop scenic drive. It also becomes a one-lane unpaved road! It winds through the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. After driving a few miles on the one lane road we came upon a construction project. Workers had an open trench across the road and were busy installing a new culvert. They told us they’d have the road open again in about 45 minutes. Since it was dinner time we decided to have dinner “on the road”. With the rig setting right on the one lane road we hooked up the generator and fixed dinner. Just as we finished dinner the workers opened up the road and we continued on our way.

A few miles further we came to a Bedal National Forest Service campground. It is closed for the season with a gate across the entrance but there is one campsite outside the gate right beside the road. We decided to boondock here for the night. Nice quiet spot all to ourselves. But there is no cell signal here so we’ll have to post the blog tomorrow.

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