So there it is. We picked up the new motorbike yesterday. After a little “get acquainted ride” for some sunset photos I gassed up for an early departure.
Dawn on Thursday morning snuck in quietly and painted the mountains a beautiful reddish-orange. There were a few wispy clouds decorating the eastern sky, and it took every fiber of my being to resist the urge to just run down to the garage and take off for the hills… The time was 0522.
Finally, later that morning I was on my way to explore some Forest Service roads in the Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest. I checked in at the Ranger Station in Verlot for some map recon with the ranger. She suggested FS 4060, the Coal Lake Road, because from the exposed heights where the road climbs along the edge of the mountains there were great views back down to Big Four Mountain. I also asked her to have a look at the photo collage of parking passes I made in an effort to avoid having to hang my “real” pass on my moto (for anyone to steal) while it was parked at a trailhead. I was delighted to learn that the rangers don’t really enforce the NW forest pass requirements for motorcycles for that very reason.
So, lets get right down to the photos:
I made the short hike into Coal Lake. When I got to this view point I had a little snack and watched the fish jumping.
The midday sun found me scampering back for home. As a final note, I might add that when I fueled up I was able to calculate my milage… 71.18 MPG! How do you like that?