|The standard "new state" photo|
|You betcha, we heading east|
Day 35: Sunday, August 8.
From the Hall-Fay home on Lopez Island, by ferry to Anacortes, to Rasar State Park. A bit hectic departure from the Hall-Fays (web demands and not wanting to miss ferry); uneventful ferry ride; quite steep hills out of Anacortes, then barrelled along to brand new state park. 47 miles.
Day 36: Monday, August 9.
From brand new Rasar State Park campground (near Birdsview) to Colonial Creek campground near Diablo Lake - good riding day along the Skagit River, got started on the big climb and found it to be manageable, campsite right on lake shore - 52 miles.
|An evening read on a boat dock|
Day 37: Tuesday, August 10.
To Mazama Country Inn, 18 miles downhill from Washington Pass; This was it - could we make the 5,450' pass? Answer is YES. Long uphill with Rob leading the way and Liz trailing behind, but we all feel good and tired. Inn has hot tub! And great restaurant! 52 miles.
|Triumphant ascent of the first major climb |
across the North Cascades
|Liz resting at the overlook |
atop Washington Pass in
|Snow in August! |
(at Washington Pass)
|A well-earned rest at the Mazama Country Inn|
Day 38: Wednesday, August 11.
To camping on the back lawn of the Sportsman Motel in Twisp, WA. Really quiet, restful day - great breakfast at Inn, short hike on foot along cross-country ski trail; then short ride to Twisp; in the high 90's F but dry and no problem. 23.5 miles.
|Camping outside |
rather than inside
the Sportman's Inn
(Mum and Dad - we called you from here)
|One in a long string of diners, |
but this one sure was rustic:
Antlers Saloon & Cafe
|An inside view|
|It's what's for breakfast!|
|Catharine's new mascot - Flemmington Frog - hard to make out in photo, but he's there, riding on top of air mattress on back of C's bike|
|Shamu and Flemington out for the air|
|This is for all you commuters out there|
|A bike commuter|
|A rather larger commuter, |
one of countless logging trucks
to pass us in timber country
|Regular mail, junk mail, air mail |
- that's what they were labeled!
|A fellow camper |
in Ferry County fairgrounds
near Republic, Washington
|Making a campfire, |
with wood donated by camp host
|Rain at the top |
of the highest pass
|A sample of the marvelous landscape |
which we pass daily
|Another glimpse of the beauty |
we are surrounded by
Catharine meets Doug Green,
her seventh grade math teacher
(and high school community service coordinator)
near Ilone, Washington:
he and his wife Cathy persevered
east to west longer than we did
|The Greens and Catharine|
|The view out of Manressa Grotto, high up |
in the hills overlooking Pend Oreille River
|Cath and Rob inside grotto|