Crossing the North Cascades

May 26, 2009

The North Cascades Highway in all its snowy glory.

Our drive back from Lake Chelan over the North Cascades Highway was truly spectacular. We drove through two mountain passes (highest was 5,500 feet!) that had only been open for the season for only two days. 

Twenty-foot-high snow banks rose up around us, while the road was totally and blissfully clear. Overhead, alpine peaks lush with snowy-topped pine trees surrounded us. The outside temperature dipped almost 20 degrees between the time we left the kitschy cowboy-themed town of Winthrop (home to luxurious Sun Mountain Lodge) and the summit!

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