We were supposed to visit Olympic National Park after leaving Victoria, Canada. However, we were advised to arrive at the Victoria ferry terminal at least 4 hours ahead of time to hopefully get a spot on the ferry from there to Port Angeles because it was a small boat and they were expecting a big Labor Day crowd. After dropping off Steve at Victoria Airport about 10 o’clock in the morning, we decided to try our luck at the Sidney port as we didn’t want to wait at Victoria Ferry for over 4 hours. The Sidney port was located next to the Airport so we had nothing to lose to check it out. We knew a ferry would go to Anacortes around 11 so it would be great if we could get on that ferry. Surprisingly, we were able to get into the terminal and still had some spare time to do a little shopping to spend our last few Canadian dollars.
A couple of years ago when we camped at North Cascades National Park, we thought of going to Mount Baker but the weather didn’t cooperate: it rained the last couple of days we were there. A year later our friends, Udin and Nancy, went to Mount Baker and highly recommended it. After we made across to the Anacortes, we decided that this was a good opportunity to see Mount Baker this time. It was a long drive on Mt Baker Scenic Highway to Mount Baker, but it was worth it.
The first beautiful stop we made was at Heather Meadow. The picture on the right was taken at the Picture Lake there. There were a lot of wildflowers there; I assumed they were heather, thus the name, Heather Meadow. It looked like a great place for a hike but we had to skip because the day was getting late as the drive took an hour longer than we thought. We moved on to the Artist Points and along the way, we saw a wall of columnar basalt along the highway (see picture on the left.) There were many but small of the volcanic rock formation there like we saw in Devil Postpile NM and Devil Tower NM. At the end of the drive, we got a great view of Mount Baker (see first picture on this page)
It was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend; we could not find any campsite near Mount Baker, only the 3rd time on the trip that we could not find a campsite where we wanted. We scouted the place enough to know there were many potential great hiking trails; we vowed to go back there next time perhaps to do some backpacking. We took a picture (shown left) at the Reflection Lake on the way down the mountain. It was indeed a beautiful area.
On this trip, we visited some unexpected places, Harper Ferry, Prince Edward Island, Apostles Islands National Lakeshore, Seneca Rocks, Aunt Peggy’s place, Craigleith State Park and La Maurice National Park, for example. Mount Baker was a pleasant surprise, although a few others were not. Life often throws us a curve; we don’t always get what we expect. We had many surprises on this trip, good and bad. For everything, one can always find good and bad, depending on what one was looking for. Whatever it was, we tried to look at it from a positive angle. Whenever something happened that took us out of our expected routes, we adapted and found other interesting routes to take. That was important on such a long trip to keep the spirit high and our passion burning.