North Cascades VanSlam

Oso Slide

Oso Slide

So we were home for about one day and then off again.  This time headed for the North Cascades to link up with family and friends at Pearrygin State Park.

On our way we drove by that massive mud slide in Oso WA.  Traffic was still limited to one way with a pilot car so it was hard to get much of a view of the damage, other than to say it was catastrophic.

We headed up the North Cascades Hwy.

Diablo Lake Overlook

Diablo Lake Overlook

Yep, that’s the real color of the water.  We stopped off to scramble around the lookout trail at Washington Pass.

Suzie, on the trail

Suzie, on the trail

We rolled into camp about 1400 hours and Leane and her dudes, as well as Uncle “B” and Auntie Ray Ray, were all set up and waiting.

The rest of the weekend was spent just goofing off and clowning around with the dudes.

Let me share a few images:

 

 

Goofing Off

Goofing Off

That GoPro camera with my iPhone remote was a huge success.

Watching the video monitor

Watching the video monitor

Ray and B brought these two Sumo wrestler suits… As fun as they were we felt we were teetering on the edge of disaster the whole time they were battling in the suits.

Bam!

Bam!

Crash!

Crash!

We did some hiking…

The old Graves ranch

The old Graves ranch

Weathered barn boards

Weathered barn boards

The weather was great right up until the morning we left.

Pearrygin Lake at sunset

Pearrygin Lake at sunset

Duke and Richie did some swimming

Duke Duke, this guy is a true waterman

Duke Duke, this guy is a true waterman

The huddle

The huddle

On our final morning we were treated to a visit from a herd of deer.  The deer were obviously used to humans walking around “their” park because the dudes and I walked through their midst.

Part of the herd

Part of the herd

How many can you count?

How many can you count?

Little buck

Little buck

My deer spotting crew

My deer spotting crew

Suzie snapped this image as we were headed for home.

Park overlook

Park overlook

GoPro Ninja Skills

GoPro Ninja Skills

We rolled out on Monday morning and headed down toward the town of Pateros, WA and got a first hand look at all the damage from this summers wildfires.  It was remarkable how one complete hillside would be totally incinerated and then the next would still be green.

To any backcountry motorbike riders reading this… I think this area is going to be one big charcoal mess for many years to come.

Ok, that’s it for now.  Thanks for following along.

Kat

 

 

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About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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4 Responses to North Cascades VanSlam

  1. Timmer says:

    Yet another nice report.

  2. Kevin says:

    hi JK,
    Just taking some time to read a few adventure journal entries. at least no one got their collar bone broke 🙂
    love you Bro! -KK

    • Jeff Katzer says:

      That’s funny, because these days the Dudes’ favorite stories are from way back when you and I were little dudes. Putting toothpaste in your hair, flying through the trees on rope swings, loosing one of your shoes down the creek… They think Uncle KK is some kind of superhero for surviving all that…

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