Ross Lake

Ross Lake

At the end of July, we headed off in our RV to the Cascade mountains to celebrate our anniversary. Driving south from Bellingham (orange star) on I-5, we took the exit to Sedro-Wooley, then continued east on WA-20, following the Skagit River uphill toward its modern source, Diablo and Ross Lakes, collectors of glacial and … Continue reading

Ozette Triangle

Ozette Triangle

As I mentioned in my last post, the westernmost point of the contiguous United States is Cape Alava, about 15 miles due south of Cape Flattery. To get there Tuesday, we returned southeast on SR-112 to the Hoko-Ozette Road, taking that road southwest through private timber land to the drive’s terminus at the ranger station … Continue reading

Tundra

Tundra

Our day started relatively early Saturday, leaving the Denali National Park “Wilderness Access Center” (the politically correct way to say “bus depot”) on one of the green park buses at 8:00 a.m. We were going on a ranger-guided “Disco Hike” (short for “Discovery Hike”) and our bus driver introduced himself as “Disco Dale,” a 25-year … Continue reading

Parks Highways

Parks Highways

Known as Mt. McKinley until it was renamed by the Obama administration in 2015, “Denali” is the highest peak in North America with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet. The mountain is so tall that we were easily able to see it through our windshield more than 100 miles distant, even before we reached Willow … Continue reading

Fair Weather in Palmer

Fair Weather in Palmer

Palmer is the borough seat of Matanuska-Susitna, the third largest borough in Alaska by population count, after Anchorage and Fairbanks (Alaska has 20 boroughs, called counties in most states). We arrived in Palmer early Saturday morning, August 25, after calling ahead to the Alaska Paradise RV Park, a brand new campground in Palmer’s farm country, … Continue reading