June 26 , 2011

 

North Cascades

Heading east we drove across the North Cascades Highway through North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Lots of snow this year!

Actually there are three parts to the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. There's the national park, which is north and south of the highway but never actually accessed by the highway. The road actually runs through the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Then, to the south, there's the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

 

More about the North Cascades Highway, Hwy 20.

More about the North Cascades National Park.

More about the Ross Lake National Recreation Area.

 

Newhalem Visitor Center

Newhalem Visitor Center

 

Newhalem Peaks

Photo of Rugged Picket Range from Newhalem Visitor Center

 

Parked at Lake Overlook

Parked at the Diablo Lake Overlook

 

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

 

Snow

Snow at the Washington Pass Viewpoint Parking Lot

 

 

 

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

 

The Hairpin

Spectacular View of Highway Descending Toward the East

 

Photo of Photographers

Photograph of Photographer Photographing Photographers

 

Winthrop

Once across the North Cascades you descend into the Methow Valley. Quite a change. These early morning pictures of western themed Winthrop make it look pretty quiet. It's usually not, this is a popular place and the valley is idyllic.

More about the Winthrop.

Winthrop Street Scene

Winthrop Street Scene

 

Winthrop Shop

Winthrop Shop

 

Methow Valley Barn

Old Methow Valley Barn

 

Methow Valley Campground

Methow Valley Campground

 

Grand Coulee Dam

It's impossible to drive by Grand Coulee without a look at the dam.

More about Grand Coulee Dam.

 

Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam

 

Grand Coulee Dam

Having Lunch in the Visitor Center Parking Lot

 

Lake Roosevelt

Lake Roosevelt extends 150 miles to the east behind Grand Coulee Dam. It's a fairly remote area unless you live in Spokane. Houseboat rentals, fishing, and beautiful goverment campgrounds in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are the draw here.

More about Roosevelt Lake.

More about the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

 

Lake Roosevelt

Lake Roosevelt

 

Houseboat

Houseboat on Lake Roosevelt

 

Fish Pictures

Terri Admiring Fish

 


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