August 3, 2009
We left Riverbend heading to the Cascade Mountain Range. Route 20 had been advertised as the scenic route along the cascades and it did not disappoint. We were not expecting to see any lakes with glacial run-off but we did. We stopped at a scenic overlook and were blown away by the beautiful emerald green of Ross Lake. It was breathtaking and a great surprise.
We drove over Washington Pass elevation, 5,477 feet. The roads were winding and steep to say the least. The mountain range was beautiful but was covered in a smoky haze due to the multiple forest fires in the area. Because of the hot weather and lack of rain everything is brown and dry and fires are prevalent.
We stopped at the visitor center and took a short hike out back to check out the picket range – a range of mountains that looks like a picket fence. All of the mountain ranges we have seen are all so different but equally as beautiful.
We stopped to get some gas (r0n NOTE: we only had 1/4 tank and I5 was about 50 miles of course at 1/4 tank we can travel 130 miles or so but we fueled up at the high price mountain prices) and there was a statue of Sasquatch sitting in front of someone’s home. Of course we had to get a picture.
We were looking for a campground and although there were several along our route they were either too small for our MH or a little scary. The area is really depressed and I think people are setting up campgrounds in their yards to make some money.
We stopped at one state CG but it was closed to campers for safety reasons. The old growth trees were falling and putting people at risk. Good reason!!!
We found a great place at Rasar State Campground. It is one of the most beautifully maintained state campgrounds we have ever seen. All the sites are paved and huge and most with water and electricity. We grabbed the last site with hook-ups and settled in for the night.