Instead, I chose to drive around one day and look at pretty mountains. That wasn't all though. It is morel season and I wanted to at least find a few. So I thought about where I might have some luck. I hear tell that you can find them frequently in recently burned areas. So, here was my plan. I was going to drive south near Everett and turn east on Highway 2. This would take me over near Wenatchee, where I remember a lot of the fire activity happening last year. It didn't hurt that this would take me past some beautiful mountains. Up and out early...off I went.
|Of course, it was super cloudy and you couldn't see most of the mountain.|
Then I passed a sign.
Well, yeah I'm gonna stop. Waterfalls look cool even in the rain. Besides, it was a short trail.
Three feet out of the parking lot, it looked like this.
Good enough. Let's investigate.
|The trail ran back under the road to another section of falls.|
But, this isn't just about waterfalls. I was on a quest. I needed to find some morels. I saw some burned area a mile or so off the road. Whenever I saw a chance to turn that direction, I did.
|This looks like a good spot.|
|A chorus of angels sound|
|Cool looking orange fungus.|
|The real star of the show|
I spent about an hour farting around in the woods. But, it had been a three hour drive to get here and I still wasn't sure which way I wanted to go home. I got in the car made it to the main road.
Now...which way to go? You know, there isn't anything keeping me from going out as long as I want. Might as well do the loop. The loop, in this case, would take me all the way to the east side of the Cascade range. Then back north until I crossed back through the mountains through the North Cascades National Park. Sounds fun right?
It took a lot longer than I thought. I think I ended up with 9 hours or so of driving. Sheesh.
Was it worth it?
|The east side of the Cascades|
|In the mountains again.|
|Still pretty cold and snowy.|
I realized I could spend several days out here taking pictures, but I was still pretty far from home. I managed to pass up a lot of photo opportunities. There were one or two that I just couldn't resist.
I pulled into home well after dark.