July 25, 2010

Exploring the North Cascades

I have admired 3,285m (10,778ft) high Mount Baker from the distance many times, and yesterday it was time to meet this beautiful creation of nature in person. The weather was perfect for a day trip, and so my fellow traveler and I crossed the border (again) at Sumas to drive along the scenic byways of the North Cascades mountain range. Needless to say that the windy road satisfies every true rider's desire, and so there were quite a few bikers on the road.
Having said that, we had to satisfy our desire for food which we did in Milano's Restaurant in Glacier with pasta galore.
Refueled we hit the road again, but there was so much to see, so we where traveling at fairly slow speed.
The occasional waterfall
The mountain view
A lake view, too
Well, you get my drift...
We had to turn around at Artist Point
But on these roads, it is even fun to turn around, and go all the way back. Another awesome day in We(s)t Coast paradise.


  1. Hi Sonja,
    Stunning views - great photos! I'll bet the temp was better than Central Oregon! Thanks for your comment today. I'm doing fine and doing both... taking a blogging break and riding a lot. Take care!

  2. Hi Sonja,
    Is this the Highway 20 I hear other riders speak of? Looks like another fine road that I have to find a way to ride. We're in the 90's F again, so that snow looks so refreshing!

  3. @Mike: Glad to hear you are alive and kicking.
    @bluekat: This was just traveling along Highways 547, 542 and 9, but I have been on the 20 before (not on a bike tho) and it was awesome.

  4. Sonja, we were in the same vicinity this weekend. The Hamster Rally long ride went out toward Baker and we passed so close to the US-CAN border that my cell provider ATT salivated at the possibility of collecting money from me for data transmissions. Fooled them, though! Hah!!

    Isn't Shuksan beautiful?

    Great weekend for riding, for sure!!!

  5. That's a beautiful looking mountain you got there!

    Redleg's Rides

  6. What fantastic pictures! Really lovely scenery, we have snow on the mountains in winter but it takes us about an hour and a half to get anywhere near them. Lovely riding stories, I enjoy reading your blog.

  7. @Chuck: Indeed, we have a beautiful backyard ;-)
    @Charlie6: Yessir, it is.
    @the rider: Hello to South Afrika and thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoy my humble approach to blogging. Please visit again soon ;-)