It’s a beautiful spot with deep sites in a deep forest, providing ample visual privacy. All this and the bonus of screaming-fast wi-fi! It was even dead quiet here for a couple of days until the onslaught of young families. To be expected on a summer weekend, I suppose. The serenity should return tomorrow.
With a campground elevation of only 500 feet, we sit in a valley of this mountain kingdom surrounded by sheer skyscrapers of stone. These perpendicular peaks are something to behold - rising straight up, decorated as they are with glinting glacial fields like showy strands of pearls. In fact, this National Park boasts more remaining glaciers of any other national park in the lower 48.
On Thursday, Gayle, Debbie and I explore a few of the trails accessible from the campground. The River Loop Trail runs partially along the crystal clear fast-flowing Skagit River.
This trail leads to the Visitor's Center only .5 miles from camp.
Yesterday all 4 girls tackle Thunder Knob Trail, an out-and-back hike of just under 4 miles.
The trail winds over the river
and through the woods
up, up, up ... culminating in this pay-off view of Diablo Lake.
Back in the car after the hike, we stop at the Diablo Lake Overlook about 10 miles from the campground. What majesty!
The turquoise color of the water is a result of eons of glacial stone-grinding.
The road to the left, Highway 20, bisects the entire width of this half-million acre wilderness.
This morning, Debbie and I watch the film at the Visitors Center - an excellent production that makes one want to explore this protected wilderness further. A quote from the film:
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.