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.