This little ranger station on the approach to MANY trails on Mt. Baker and other mountains in the Cascades had the most beautiful stone-work and woodwork detail. Even though it’s been 80 years since President Roosevelt put young men to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps, you can still see their handiwork throughout the United States. Clicking on the link will open a new page in your browser to read about the 3 million young men who helped build and reforest our national parks, battlefields, roads, etc. for $30 a month (sent $25 home and kept only $5).
While staying with my friends Laurie and Kevin, we had waited three days for the weather to clear and decided to chance a hike even though it was cloudy and spitting rain. All of the hikes in Washington were in moist air with lots of greenery around.
The climb up the mountain was steep and fast. My hair was completely drenched from sweat when we took a break for lunch under some trees (spitting rain again).
After seeing the snow, the clouds wrapped themselves around us and we could not see anything but gray. Not really wanting to get lost in the clouds, we turned around and started back down the darkening trail even though it’s only 3 in the afternoon.
But before leaving: check out these beautiful Pacific Northwest wildflowers that called for a photograph or three.
Stay tuned for another hike in the Cascades. Feel free to comment, I love getting feedback.