Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Palouse

We traveled to eastern Washington on Friday, January 13, and drove an hour out of our way to visit Palouse Falls State Park.  We arrived around sunrise and were disappointed to find the road to the park closed by snow and ice.  We watched the sunrise from the entrance to the park and then headed north to our final destination, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the area known as the Palouse.

The Palouse is an area of hills and prairie that is mainly used for growing wheat.  It covers southeastern Washington, north-central Idaho and northeastern Oregon.  The origin of the name "Palouse" is uncertain but may come from the French word for a land of short, thick grass.  It is a scenic area at any season and the falls at the State Park are magnificent.  We hoped to see them with all the winter ice but will have to go back for that.

sunrise at Palouse Falls State Park

wheat country

abandoned house and barns

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Evening Trek to Artist's Point

On Saturday, January 14th, my wife and I decided to get out our snowshoes and head for the Mount Baker Ski Area and Artist's Point.  I'd been down with a cold all week and needed to get out and we decided we'd see the sunset on snowshoes.

Artist's Point is a viewpoint between Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and Table Mountain that offers stunning views of some of the great peaks of the North Cascades.  It is accessible by road in the summer months, but the road is closed in the winter.

After driving up to the ski area, we left the parking area about 2:30 p.m. and were back again at 5:00, having spent plenty of time at the top and having seen the sunset.  We stopped for our evening meal on the way home, the end of a very pleasant day.

Mount Shuksan from near the parking lot

Table Mountain and a strange sky

Herman Peak

Border Peaks and Mount Larrabee

slopes of Table Mountain

Huntoon Point (note the campers at the very top)

Mount Shuksan and Shuksan Arm

Mount Larrabee

Baker Lake and the North Cascades

Mount Baker

Mount Shuksan

Table Mountain

 Mount Baker and sunset

Huntoon Point

Herman Peak, the Border Peaks and Mount Larrabee


the ridges east of Baker

snow sculpture

Mount Baker

the view west

Table Mountain

Mount Baker

sunset colors

Mount Shuksan

headed down

panoramic view from the top
(Table Mountain, Herman Peak, Border Peaks, Mount Larrabee, Mount Shuksan, left to right)