The road to Artists Point is finally open, the machines and bulldozers got there two days ago. A good week later than usual, it was reported that they still had at least 20′ of snow on the car park. Never said I, lets go and look!
So we did.
And there was!
The car park is at 5,500′ That is Mt Shuksan at 9,127′ but no more road!
This is the other end of the car park with Nemo inspecting the trail head, currently impassable, to Mt Baker beyond at 10,781′
This rather amused us, a renewable graffiti wall of snow, nothing too naughty, they wouldn’t here, but will be melted by tomorrow for a new set of inscriptions! It was incredibly hot up here, always is, thin air, no cover must have been 8o’ ish in the sun, far too hot to stand around for us and we wanted the loo.
As you see, no dice!
So we descended a thousand feet.
To our favourite picnic table with shade and literally the best view in the world. Never have I seen a picnic table with a better or more panoramic vies, and it is always empty, everyone just wants to go to the top but here in Heather Meadows you are above the ski area and just have totally mountain views surrounded by true alpine vegetation, (more on that in next blog)
Nia leading the way as usual, much better and more comfortable than further up. We have had many a bottle of wine here over the years.
The dogs just love playing and running about in the snow like a couple of kids, I expect it is good to get cold paws after the heat below. They slept very well all evening.
There is a tremendous amount of snow left here this year, snowfalls were particularly heavy in the Cascades, much heavier than usual. I suspect that a lot of this will not melt by the time it starts again in the autumn. At this rate the glaciers will be growing again!
How to upset the warmists, teehee!
As you see, I prefer creation to the ‘creative’.