Beyond the Sound

The national parks party continues! Claire and I were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mt. Rainier (top right corner) after waking up at Cougar Rock Campground. We also enjoyed the early wildflowers, old school lodge, flowing waterfalls, and bickering marmots. Enough with adjectives – check out some pictures:

Sadly, after venturing up to Seattle and hanging out with great friends (Hi, Meg!), it was time to say goodbye to Claire.  Thanks for being the leg 1 co-pilot!

Luckily, co-pilot 2 arrived the next day. Natalie and I headed east to Spokane. The landscape changed dramatically as we moved through the Cascades. Our first stop was Snoqualmie Falls, a great detour off of I-90. Then we continued on to Lake Chelan. Thanks to Tom’s recommendation, we enjoyed wonderful wines and a spectacular view at Siren Song.

The highlight of our stop in Spokane was the riverfront park. It was fun to walk the grounds of the 1974 World’s Fair. We took a gondola out over the falls. And, best of all, we observed a toddler bike race with a very enthusiastic announcer. On to Montana!


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