A Long Scenic Drive

North Cascades Highway

This is a hiking blog first and foremost but sometimes I decide to take a long drive instead. The last few weeks have brought uncertainty in my work life. As much as I use hiking as an escape from day to day life, I’ve struggled in the past few weeks with getting up and out into the mountains.

The weather is changing and the overcast days have put me in a lull. The effects of Eric’s accident coupled with my last hike being unsuccessful has had an negative effect. It’s harder to push myself up and through misty mountains without the familiar and motivating look of my friend marching along behind me, knowing that all that greets me up top is shrouded silence.

The reason behind this blog is to explore my own destiny through hiking, self exploration and beyond. It has already taken me places that I didn’t imagine. The journey will continue despite taking a few weeks off to gather my drive.

This is a neat hike if you’re needing to get out and stretch your legs. The powerhouse is cool and worth it alone but there is a very short trail to Ladder Creek Falls, and at .4 miles each way it’s a breeze! The falls themselves are not overwhelming or significant but the true beauty is at night when they’re illuminated from dusk til midnight year round that also includes music.

So here’s the thing about this drive: I felt guilty for taking a day off of what turned out to be a beautiful day outdoors. On the way up I experienced a whirlwind of emotions based on weather that went from Gotham City to barely visible mountain tops hiding in the fog. But I digress. I decided to fix that by climbing up and down these stairs several times as quickly as possible both up and down to the chagrin of an elderly couple nearby. I found them lost on the way up.

The water really is that color. It’s so much better in person. Come see it, don’t stay long and please do the speed limit or slightly above it.

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