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The two RV Gypsies (plus one) went to
North Cascades National Park and
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area,
part of Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
in the State of Washington

June 20, 2015

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North Cascades National Park is a U.S. National Park located in the State of Washington. The park is the largest of the three National Park Service Units that comprise the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Several national wilderness areas and British Columbia parkland adjoin the National Park. The park features rugged mountain peaks and protects portions of the North Cascades range.

sign: North Cascades National Park

Lee Duquette and Ilse Blahak climbed down a short, rocky area to view Newhalem Creek. Karen Duquette photographed them from the pathway above them.

Lee and Ilse by the river

Lee and Ilse by the river

Ilse and Lee took some photos of the River.

the Skagit River
the Skagit River Ilse Blahak and the Skagit River
the Skagit River the Skagit River
the Skagit River weird tree

Lee Duquette tried a different path down to another area by the river. Karen Duquette and Ilse stopped walking when they saw how narrow the path became. Lee decided that he could not get to the river from this path and turned around. Karen photographed Lee coming back up the path.

Lee Duquette on a skinny trail

Lee Duquette bending under the tree branches

Lee Duquette almost out of the trail

Lee Duquette leaving the trail

Walking back to the car, Ilse Blahak stopped and took a photo of a weed.

Ilse photographs a weed

Driving on into the park, there was a different North Cascades National Park sign.

Karen Duqette and her sister at the North Cascades National Park sign

Karen, Lee and Ilse finally got a real pretty view of the river.

Lee Duquette approaching the river the river
the Skagit river

river and a sand bank

river and a sand bank

river, ssand and mountains


A stop at a picnic area to try to see the river.

picnic area picnic area

Karen Duquette stood on the picnic table to see and photograph the river.

river view river view

The photos below were taken from the far corner of the fenced picnic area.

river and mountain river and mountain
fishing area

A big mountain across the street from the picnic area.

A big mountain

Below: The Picket Range. The visible peaks are a small fraction of the glaciated range beyond the highway. Only ten air-miles away, the roadless, trail-less Picket Range is a place where the terms "wild" and "remote" become real. It is entirely contained within North Cascades National Park. It is about 6 miles long, running northwest-southeast, and lies north of the Skagit River, west of Ross Lake, and east of Mounts Baker and Shuksan. There are at least 21 peaks in the range over 7,500 feet high.

sign about The Picket Range

The Picket Range

The Picket Range

The Picket Range

The Picket Range The Picket Range

Hiking the River Loop Trail - a 1.8 mile trail that starts at the Visitor Center.

Lee Duquette Hiking the River Loop Trail

Ilse Blahak Hiking the River Loop Trail

the two RV Gypsies Hiking the River Loop Trail moss covered rocks

moss covered rocks

Lee Duquette on a boardwalk

As the trail got closer to the river, everything got greener, and covered with moss.

Karen Duquette and her sister Ilse
moss covered tree branches moss covered tree branches

moss covered tree branches

moss covered tree branches

moss covered tree branches moss covered tree branches

moss covered tree branches

moss covered tree branches

weird shaped tree

the river

Lee Duquette wild trees

Lee Duquette picked up a piece of moss.

Lee picked up a piece of moss

Then Lee Duquette placed the moss on his head.

Lee placed the moss on his head.

laughing clip art dudeLee placed the moss on his head.


Ilse and Lee by the river



tree and river looking through the tree at the river
looking through the tree at the river
moss covered tree moss covered tree

Ilse Blahak


the spider tree

trees and river

Lee and Ilse

small rapids in the river

moss covered tree

moss covered tree

white stuff on the tree

a cross

The final path leading back to the parking lot.

Lee on the final path

After leaving North Cascades National Park, Ilse noticed a tower with a mouse face, and a bit down the street, a hamburger/hot dog picnic table, so she took some quick pictures from the car.

Mouse face on a tower

hamburger/hot dog picnic table
Look below

Please continue on to any of these 44 sections in the state of Washington that you have not yet seen. There is also a link to BC, Canada below.

Travel to Washington

Segway tour of Seattle

Seattle, Pike Place, Waterfront, Sculptures

Art at the Seattle Center

Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle

Space Needle in Seattle

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Settle - July 1

Look below

Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina

Cape Flattery / Tootish Island / Neah Bay / Sea Otters / Sea Caves

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass Boat Tour

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Forks (as in the Twilight movie)

Mount Baker

Mount Erie and Lake Campbell

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Vernon and the Skagit Riverwalk

North Cascades National Park

Ladder Creek/Powerhouse Gorge-day

Ladder Creek/Powerhouse Gorge-night

Olympic National Park

Hoh Rain Forest

Marymere Falls near Olympic NP

Pillar Point County Park - Clallam County

Port Angeles

Port Angeles Whale tour

Port Townsend

Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend

Point Defiance Park and Garden in Tacoma

Rainbow Falls State Park

Sandy Cove Park - a great picnic spot

Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park

Sekiu Overlook /Whale Trail and Rosie

Snoqualmie Falls

Strawberry Festival in Marysville

Totem Poles and; Jamestown S'Klallam Indian Reservation in Blyn

divider bar

funky hamburger joints


Look below

Chehalis campground

Thunderbird Resort TT in Monroe

KOA-Port Angeles-Sequim

Seattle / Tacoma KOA in Kent

Concrete / Grandy KOA and TT

Look below

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sections, please continue on to British Columbia, Canada: Cultus Lake, Bridal Falls, Harrison Hot Springs, City of Hope, the tunnels, Whistler, Brandywine Falls, Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, Shannon Falls, a bear tour, Lac La Hache Provincial Park, Prince George, Glaciers and waterfalls in Smithers, salmon jumping, Indians net fishing and more.