Cascade, Rainy, and Washington Passes (pics)
I spent the weekend camping in the North Cascades, and wanted to share some photos. My pocket camera died about a month ago and I haven't been posted any trip reports since then; this time I took my SLR camera, made a belt-loop for its feeble case with some prusik cord, and took it for a slightly nervous but wonderful ride on the North Cascades Highway.
This was a shorter ride, because I had obligations Sunday night in town, and, also, I was exhausted from the previous day's hike and from the sun. (I turned myself into a lobster.) I found a pullout on the side of the road, rode over Rainy Pass, down and then back up over Washington Pass, down a bit into the Methow Valley, then back up and over the two passes again to my car.
Traffic was minimal. Lots of places to park to start the ride. The snow was melting rapidly, it was in the low 90s for most of the ride although I got hit with an occasional blast of 45 degree air, which was nice.