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Beautiful Scenery is all Around Us

August 23, 2010

I interrupt the previously scheduled July, Part 3 posting to share these fabulous photos with you. Maybe if there are any local Washingtonians reading, they will comment and help me answer the following question. But, I look around and everything here is so beautiful! From the weather to the scenery… the trees, the flowers, the water, the mountains. Do you ever get used to it? Because every day I look at it and am so thankful I get to experience this. I hope that I never get used to it and take it for granted.

Saturday we drove the Mt. Baker Scenic Highway through the Mt. Baker National Forrest as far as you can take it. This highway takes you East from Bellingham past the ski areas on Mt. Baker to Artist’s Point, where the road ends. Artist’s Point is between two beautiful mountain tops, Mt. Shuksan (elev.  9,127 feet) and Mt. Baker (elev. 10,781). Mt. Baker is the mountain we can see from our home. (On a clear day!)

We drove up Highway 542, aka Mt. Baker Scenic Highway

There were clouds covering Mt. Baker Saturday, but we did get to see Mt. Shuksan. We stopped at a picturesque little lake, named (gasp!) Picture Lake. :) This is my favorite of the pictures that I took here.

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Mt. Shuksan reflecting in Picture Lake

I told Matt that on a non-cloudy day we are going to scurry up that drive again so I can get a picture with blue skies. Can you imagine what that reflection would look like? A quick Google search will show you! Apparently Mt. Shuksan is one of the most photographed mountains in the world. Amazing, I live by it! Here are a few more images from Picture Lake.

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Of course Shelby goes on all our road trips!

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Of course the drive itself was beautiful, not just the destination. This photo shows the mountains and bubbly little Nooksack Creek that runs through them.

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Nooksack Falls

Nooksack Falls

Up at artists point we found what Reaghan had been looking for… SNOW! And quite a bit, too! We played in it for a bit before heading back down the mountain. Shelby loved it, too.

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Shelby loved the snow!

On the way home we stopped in Glacier, WA (where the picket fence below photo was taken) for dinner at Graham’s Restaurant. It was a quaint little place. They had pictures of Clark Gable and Loretta Young from the 1935 movie, Call of the Wild. Parts of it were filmed on Mt. Baker and they had visited that restaurant.

Glacier, WA is also home to the “Wake & Bakery.” All organic food, I’m sure. Love to try one of those brownies!

Here are a few more pics of our drive. I love that we can take off and within an hour be deep into the mountains!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristin August 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

That Picture Mountain is GORGEOUS! The photograph didn’t look real! The picture of Reaghan in the snow on the mountain reminds me of pics of me and you in Colorado. :) Next time I come to visit, we are taking that drive!!!!!!

Oh and Shelby looks so cute in the family pictures!

2 Dad August 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

You keep pouring photos down into the hotland, and it will start an exodus to the northwest. Remember the oath you took there. Rain, rain, rain and sunless skies. ;-)

3 Mom August 24, 2010 at 7:01 am

These photos are BEAUTIFUL!! Photo ops there just never seem to end! Can’t wait to visit again with MY new camera :-) Reaghan in her hiking pants with the carabiner already looks like she belongs in Washington.

4 Shauna B August 25, 2010 at 11:48 am

What amazing scenery! I’m loving all your twitpics from your runs. I would be so much more motivated to run if I had those views to wake up to everyday (vs. the 100+ temps we’ve been having). Keep the pics coming! You have a beautiful family!

Kami Reply:

Thanks for your comment. It has been an amazing place. I’m glad you’re enjoying the pics. :)

5 Carlene Castaneda August 26, 2010 at 9:45 am

The pictures are beautiful. I have missed you guys, finally found time to check the web. Hope all is well sounds like it.

6 Tony August 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Those pictures are wicked surreal! And I don’t even use the word surreal ever!

7 Linda and Jimmy September 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm

loved your pictures, beautiful scenery.
love and miss you.

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