Road Trip

July 2, 2017

BW photograph of Big Four Mountain through a stand of trees.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

While it is a tired, clichéd, saying, it is nonetheless a truism:  Americans have a love affair with cars and road trips.  (July 4th is right around the corner, and there is perhaps no greater symbol of the American sense of independence than the automobile.  Just prior to her death at age 99+, I asked my grandmother to identify the single greatest achievement that occurred in her lifetime, and she said the invention of the car.  It is important to note that she was alive for the moon landing in 1969.)  Kerouac’s On the Road is a classic read, and Route 66 was a popular television show in the 60s.  Toward the end of June, I had the opportunity for a drive along the Mountain Highway in Washington state.  All told, we were on the road for about 10 hours and covered a bit more than 300 miles that day-most of it while looking at multiple-thousands-of-foot peaks.  The above photograph was made while approaching Big Four Mountain.

 

BW photograph looking downstream at water running next to the Mountain Highway.

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All along the Mountain Highway, the sound of running water could be heard.  It was just a simple matter of pulling off the road and taking a scramble among the rocks to get closer.

BW photograph looking across the running water at a debris pile next to the Mountain Highway.

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This is a more direct view of the debris field to the left in the previous photograph.  Given the amount of snow in the mountains the previous winter, there was quite a bit to melt and feed these waterways.

BW photograph of running water amid rocks next to the Mountain Highway.

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The torrents were impressive-what a lovely sound they produced.

BW photograph of part of the North Cascades as seen through some trees.

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Having taken the Mountain Highway into Darrington, WA, we then turned and headed for the North Cascades.  The photograph above is from a walk near the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center.

BW photograph of a run-off waterfall at Diablo Lake in the North Cascades.

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This run-off waterfall created its own micro-climate, which was quite welcome as it was in the 90s that day.  A temperature like that seems to be very unusual for that part of the country in June.  As we drove past the various peaks, it was possible to see many waterfalls cascading from the remaining snow fields-those eventually would feed the waterways like those included here.  This particular waterfall, which extended to ground level near the road, was very cool-literally and figuratively.  This was made at Diablo Lake in the North Cascades.

BW photograph of a mares tail cloud at Diablo Lake in the North Cascades.

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The above is one of the few clouds to be seen that day.  This was also made at Diablo Lake in the North Cascades.  The well-defined, deep shadow of the railing in the lower right corner is a testament to the direct sun that characterized the day.

Quite a trip.

Take care.

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