Cascade Loop Photo Trip
I drove the Cascade Loop this weekend. It’s about 400 miles through wonderful valleys and over two mountain passes.
The plan was to make it to Index for sunrise. As I drove south the skies were mixed, mostly cloudy, it didn’t look good.
Somehow I made it right on time, drove up the Index Road, crossed the bridge, parked, set up and started shooting. The light up the North Fork was perfect, still some fall colors…and then the clouds lit up.
Gunn Peak, newly dusted with snow, scrapped the sky. Purples erupted.
Leavenworth was the next stop, a night at the Sleeping Lady Resort. Three trips to the outdoor hot tub, two trips downtown for Oktoberfest and two fantastic meals at the Sleeping Lady…yes, I could make a habit of this!
I opted for the long way back, north up Highway 97 to the North Cascades Highway, and then west.
The drive along the Columbia River is relaxing, long sweeping stretches through the sun and shade. The brown dotted with the green of a small settlement.
Things start to get interesting as I drive through Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama. The drive up is exhilarating, the colors, the fresh air…
My last stop is Washington Pass. The highest point along the road at 5,400 feet. I always get excited driving up to any pass… snow is along the road and I am wondering about the trail…
I arrive at 1pm, cars are parked all along the highway. I find a spot left open from an early morning hiker and start the jaunt to the lake.
Most of the people are heading back now, but I would say there were about 60 late afternoon hikers headed up the trail along with me.
The sky is blue, the snow white, the larch orange and the trees green, it doesn’t get much better than this. The images look over photoshopped just out of the camera!
What a perfect weekend. Time to start planning my next Cascade Loop Photo Trip!
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