Don’t get me wrong, I loved my lesbaru. She took great care of me from 2011 – 2017, faithfully carrying friends and all our myriad dusty possessions to and from Burning Man several times. But I traded in for a Jeep last year and I couldn’t be happier!
There are just some places the lesbaru couldn’t go… like Canyonlands Nat’l Park, which I did last spring and am dying to go back to. Here’s some pics!
But… Canyonlands is a very (very) long drive. Like – it takes two days of solid driving just to get there!! And reservations are hard to get, it requires planning weeks or months in advance, etc etc…
So, I’ve decided to put some time this summer into exploring the North Cascades and I’m looking for good dirt to play in, rocks to climb, and trails to hike. Last weekend I started exploring the area east of Darrington, which was pretty cool, but too many trees and not enough views. Don’t get me wrong, I love the forest, but I live for the vistas.
While I didn’t find any technically challenging areas, I had a lot of fun exploring the back roads and I’m def going back. I know that what I’m looking for is out there. I’m going to turn some corner on a forgotten dirt road and suddenly see sweeping landscapes, unicorns frolicking in the fields below, and find serenity… if I just keep looking!
Also, the Cascades have a lot of waterfalls, and waterfalls are cool too.