|Mt Shuksan and Reflection Lake|
I was excited for this day trip, although I didn't have much confidence that the air quality would be better at Artist Point (just past the ski area at Mt Baker) than it was at sea level, where we live. Nor did I understand how you can travel closer to Canada, where many of the fires were burning, and yet not have the smoke. But that's what we found.
My Grampa Blanton was a tall, strong man who spent most of his life in the woods of the North Cascades, cutting down trees. About 17 miles from our destination we found this bronze sculpture which was recently installed at the Glacier Public Service Center to honor lumberjacks. It gave Mom a perfect photo op as well as some special memories.
|My first glimpse of wildflowers. (Notice the switchbacks far below the trees and plants.)|
|My favorite photographer with Mt Shuksan in the background|
And when it was time to drive back down the mountain we were filled up with the beauty and the fresh air and the time we got to spend together.