Back in the summer of 2001 we took a trip to the Pacific Northwest region of the States, did a few backpacking trips in the mountains of both Washington and Oregon, and enjoyed the area so much we went back again in 2004. The photos from the 2001 sojourn are all prints and I haven’t scanned them into the computer yet, but the 2004 ones are digital, so I thought I’d do a short retro-post about the stuff we got up to.
We flew into Seattle – which is actually a lovely city – and spent the first day of the trip raiding the Flagship REI store which is situated there. There, we stocked up on freeze-dried food, maps, gas and anything else we could talk ourselves in to buying, before heading out into the mountains.
The mountains in the main part of Washington state are known as the Cascades – some of them are in the North Cascades National Park, but not all by any means. Altogether, we did three backpacking trips while we were there, each lasting for three days. We didn’t have any bear encounters this summer, but we did wake up one morning to find mountain lion paw prints near the tent. It had obviously been down to the lake for a drink in the night. (I always carry a ‘scats and tracks’ book for identification purposes in situations like these!)
We had a great time, although we do have a lasting memory of not only the mossies being quite bad, but giant horse flies being a real nuisance!
There were also a large number of forest fires burning in the state that month and although they didn’t stop us doing anything we wanted to do, most of the photos look slightly hazy due to the amount of smoke that seemed to be permanently in the atmosphere, no matter where you were.
Anyway, here’s a short video of mountains and tents: