As summer winds down here in Northwest Washington state (aka,
Republic of Cascadia) we have been making forays into the mountains
to the East - the North Cascades. These hills (sic.) are home
to the relatively famous Mounts Baker and Shuksan, among countless others. Two
weeks ago we were at Artist Point and this Saturday we hiked up Welcome Pass to Excelsior Ridge.
Of all the things that make Bellingham the place I want to be,
these hikes into the hills and the accompanying vistas are the
reason that I can't consider leaving here. Below are my
favorite shots from the last two weeks - now back to work!
(above) Mount Shuksan and Mirror Lake
(above) Mount Baker from Excelsior Ridge (High Divide)