The Nick and Riah Experience

This blog was created by Nick and Riah soon to be Mrs. Nick.  We have had the privilege to stay at the American Alps Ranch with Uncle Rick and Aunt Brenda.  Our journey began on Tuesday 3/24/09 in sunny and warm Bakersfield, California.  I convinced Riah that it would be fun to just drive straight through.


Twenty two hours later with only one hour of sleep and five tanks later, we finally arrived!


 Thursday, Nick and I went sight seeing in Rockport which is eight miles south of Marblemount.  This picture was taken on  the Skagit River Trail.  Can’t beat the scenery here!  We don’t get to see this much in California.  I was so amazed to see how clear the water is and how lush the forest is.


Saturday, we ventured up river on Highway 20 towards Newhalem and wound up at the Newhalem Visitors Center, to our dismay it was closed.  That didn’t discourage us so we went for a hike on the River Loop Trail.  About ten minutes into our hike we heard a strange siren that reminded us of a tornado warning ( that we’ve only heard in the movies because California isn’t tornado country), that was when we started to get concerned.  Not knowing the area and the fact that we were the only people out in the woods, Nick had called his aunt Brenda which wasn’t much comfort to us because she said one long continuous siren meant that the dam had broken.  Fortunately for us, it was a short siren which we still don’t know what that was all about.  We brushed it off and continued on with our hike.



 We just can’t get over how clear the water is here!


This is a first, I’ve never seen this sign before in California!


 This is the result of an avalanche, a beautiful waterfall was formed!  This was one of many avalanches we came across that day.


3 comments on “The Nick and Riah Experience

  1. Michael says:

    Hello to all of the California family!! (or should I say the Washington family???) Nick and Riah: glad to see that you made the trip to Washington safely and seem to be having a good time. Krista and I really enjoyed seeing the two of you in California and visiting for a couple of days. We wish the two of you the best of luck!!! Rick and Brenda: We had a wonderful visit to California. Missed seeing the two of you, so I guess we will just have to plan another trip sometime in the future. It looks like you all have been having a good time from the pictures with Megan and her boyfriend. I am sure you will enjoy your time with Nick and Riah and soon Russell and MaryLou. Our snow has finally melted and warmer temperatures have arrived, so I am sure some of the warmer air will be moving your way sometime soon as well. Have fun and enjoy all of your visits with the family.

  2. Brenda says:

    We have enjoyed having visitors the past couple of weeks.

    We traveled and saw a lot of sights with Megan and Brandon. It was a very busy week but we enjoyed it.

    Nick and Riah graciously agreed to do a guest blog before they found out how SLOW our internet connection is. I think they worked on it for about five hours. Now they are down in Seattle for a day then Riah flies back to California. Nick will be visiting for a while longer, so maybe I can convince him to try the blog thing again.

  3. Brenda says:

    Michael – we missed seeing you and Krista on your trip west. You will just have to plan another one to the northwest! Glad to hear you had a good time. Tell all the family in Indiana we said Hi.

    We are hoping that the warmer temperatures find their way here soon.

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