after our time in sequim with jenn and brandy, we had a LONG drive around the puget sound and then back up to north cascades national park. this would be our first stop on a whirlwind week at north cascades, exploring seattle and then moving down to mount rainier (which is where i am typing this from, i’m almost all caught up!!!). anyhow. derek was off for the week and we had two days at north cascades, so we didn’t waste any time getting started exploring.
our first stop was the newhalem visitor center, where we learned a bit about glaciers at a ranger program, and checked out the museum area, where we were pleased to find this giant stuffed banana slug.
since the weather was a bit cloudy and overcast, we opted for a short hike along some falls nearby, that ended at a power station that we could tour. but the coolest part was probably the suspension bridge just to get from the parking lot to the trail.
the power of all the rushing waters in north cascades (and areas outside the park) is being harnessed for energy, which makes it a little different from all the untouched wildernesses of other national parks we’ve been to. there’s even a little town inside the park boundaries, with residences for employees. all that to say, there’s a bit of an industrial feel in some spots.
inside, we could look down at all the power station stuff. i don’t really get it, but that’s where i learned about how much the seattle metropolis relies on power obtained from this area. (a lot. no math facts here).
from there, we decided to take a drive up to diablo lake. like several other lakes in the park, it’s formed by the river being dammed. in the summer, the “glacial flour” being carried down by melting glacial waters gives it a beautiful turquoise appearance. we are nearing the end of the turquoise season, but it still showed slightly and when the sun magically appeared, it was pretty.
and that was our first day of adventures. stay tuned for day two….