Ain't nuthin like ridin' a fine horse in a new country - Augustus McCrae – Lonesome Dove

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

North Cascades National Park~

Butch on Diablo Lake
This last Friday, we'd packed up & met-up with our youngest daughter & her family for a weekend of camping at Colonial Creek Campground in the North Cascades National Park!  A sleeping gem that can only impress with it's towering peaks, numerous glaciers & incredible lakes & rivers.
Hiking up Thunder Creek Trail
I'm ashamed to say that we've probably only visited here maybe a handful of times over the many years we've lived in WA.  The campgrounds are first come, first serve - so lucky for us, Jentry & Joe drove up on Thursday & picked out spots side-by-side.  Within a few hours, the large campground was full!
Gorge Creek Waterfall
Having a weekend with three of our favorite grand-kids with us was just a blast!  :-)  We hiked, played in the lake, explored, had camp fires, attended the presentations put on by the Rangers in the amphitheater each evening & enjoyed the quiet of Big Country!  It seem that nothing grounds me to the hear & now more than being surrounded by miles & miles of wilderness.  What a magnificent area it is!
Google Earth image with the data from my GPS
I wore my GPS during our hike & here's what it looked like!  Yes, those mountains are big when you're in them, even bigger when you see the bigger picture!  If you haven't been - put it on your list! 
Skyla Jean & Daddy~
Skyla took a Kayak ride with her Daddy out on the big water of Diablo Lake!  She looked perfectly at home :-)
Granddaughter Josie braved the Cold Water too!

Grandson Ben coming into the dock~
I took a Lot of photos!  With two very cute little girls & a handsome grandson, I didn't lack for subjects!  We enjoyed every minute & are already looking forward to another camping trip in Aug. with both our girls & their families!

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