Mazama Views

View this post on Instagram I've seen it suggested that the Cascade Loop be driven in a counter-clockwise direction. My National Park plans meant I couldn't do that. Looking west from Mazama, I think I understand that recommendation. You approach the North Cascades from the flatter, less-treed Methow Valley, giving you amazing vistas like this…hints at what's to come. Not …

Mazama Store (3)

View this post on Instagram Local? They've got that! The Mazama Store makes is super easy to buy from local craftsmen, farmers, artists, and coffee roasters (of course!). I'm loving the support everyone gives each other around here – making it so easy for a tourist to chip in to the local economy on so many levels. Thank you 😊 …

Mazama Store (2)

View this post on Instagram So much goodness! Let's go shopping 😃 • • @mazamastore #cascadeloop #methowvalley #generalstore #middleofnowhere #pct #food #fashion #homegoods #theyvegotitall #visitwashington #feelingloopy A post shared by Sara | RV Travel in the US (@thelonglongroad) on Sep 3, 2019 at 10:51am PDT

Mazama Store (1)

View this post on Instagram Coming out of the mountains, into the Methow Valley, the first place you run across (if you turn off of the main highway and go looking!), is the Mazama Store. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, this place is a surprising gem! It reminds me of the unexpected find I made in the middle of …

Washington Pass Overlook

View this post on Instagram You get views of a different kind at the Washington Pass Overlook – the road you're about to drive (or just drove, depending on your direction!). The trail is paved for a ways, then involves a little rock scrambling if you'd like to see things from a higher perspective. Well worth the stop, if you …

Cascade Loop Scenic Hwy

View this post on Instagram The views from every overlook, around every bend, are amazing. • • #northcascades #scenichighway @ncascadesnps #naturalbeauty #overlooks #roadphotography #mountains #lakes #rivers #cascadeloop #visitwashington #beawed #feelingloopy A post shared by Sara | RV Travel in the US (@thelonglongroad) on Sep 2, 2019 at 3:29pm PDT

Diablo Lake Vista Point

View this post on Instagram Diablo Lake. It's not fake, just lots of suspended glacial rock flour! Wow. • • #diablolake #vistapoint #aquamarine #turquoise #dam @ncascadesnps #cascadeloop #northcascades #visitwashington #seebluewater #feelingloopy A post shared by Sara | RV Travel in the US (@thelonglongroad) on Sep 2, 2019 at 3:21pm PDT

Gorge Creek Falls

View this post on Instagram I'd have better pics of Gorge Creek if I had more of a stomach for heights, or less of a distaste for grated walkways. The best views of the Falls are accessed from the west of the bridge. The RV parking is east of the bridge. No chance the puppy was going to walk with …

Evacuation Route

View this post on Instagram If the floodwaters don't getcha, the trees and rocks will 😯 • • #flood #evacuationroute #watchyourhead #andyourtoes #damproblems #prettywalkthough #newhalem #cascadeloop @ncascadesnps #visitwashington #feelingloopy A post shared by Sara | RV Travel in the US (@thelonglongroad) on Sep 2, 2019 at 11:05am PDT

Trail of the Cedars

View this post on Instagram There are two trails in Newhalem, in addition to the walking paths around town. The Ladder Creek Falls Trail, behind the Gorge Powerhouse, leads you through some rocky gardens, up and down a number of stairs, to the namesake falls. At night, they light up the trail, something they've been doing since the 1930s to …