North cascades (sigh). What can I say about this place?! It’s simply breathtaking. Everything about it is magical, the lakes, the mountains, the sceneries, the wildlife… Everything! Ok, I am going to stop contemplating. So we decided to go camping at Diablo Lake for 4th of July weekend. We took Friday off and went there first thing in the morning. The ride was smooth, driving along the Skagit river is never boring. We had tons of amazing stops and overlooks to explore. We got there around 1:00pm and found that all the camp sites at Diablo Lake were full!! After 2 hours of exploring the area, we met one of the rangers who suggested we try Lone Fir Campground at Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. We went there and we were lucky to find two sites vacant, we picked the better one.
There were tons of hikes and lakes to explore, we ended up doing three of them. Cutthroat Lake was pretty, the hike was an easy 4 mile walk with minimal elevation gain. We also hiked the Ross Lake Dam trial and took some selfies with the dam. One of the most exciting things we did was kayaking on our new inflatable kayak across Diablo Lake to Thunder Point campground, an awesome free boat in camping spot.
Things we did and we shouldn’t have done:
- We forgot to charge our headlights, our tent lights, all our lights.
- We put our hiking sandwiches in the cooler where they enjoyed soaking in melted ice.
- We went for a 2 mile run with Daniel while he was wearing his crocs.
- We did not come early to snatch the best camping site.
- We went camping without even reserving a site.
How we rocked this trip:
- We packed some veggies from our garden (chards) and they were super yummi.
- We decided to only pack healthy food and it felt great, we were energetic the whole time. Goodbye S’mores (maybe not,I don’t know :P)
- We went for a swim in a freezing glacier water.
- We packed 2 bug sprays and we were spraying our bodies constantly (I only got bit 10 times, that’s nothing compared to what happened to me at Takhlakh Lake)
- We enjoyed gazing at the stars for two nights in a row!
- We went camping without even reserving a site. (Yes, it’s a double edged sword)
Here are some of the photos I have taken.