June 26 , 2011
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
Photo of Rugged Picket Range from Newhalem Visitor Center
Parked at the Diablo Lake Overlook
Snow at the Washington Pass Viewpoint Parking Lot
Spectacular View of Highway Descending Toward the East
Photograph of Photographer Photographing Photographers
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
Old Methow Valley Barn
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
Having Lunch in the Visitor Center Parking Lot
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.
Houseboat on Lake Roosevelt
Terri Admiring Fish