Driving down Highway 12 on the west side of White Pass brought a special treat, the turquoise water of the Cowlitz River. There were so many spots to pull off and get a photo, but this one is right near the green metal bridge between Packwood and Randle.
This water flows right from the slopes of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. It’s cold and refreshing. And it’s also beautiful. Extremely beautiful.
Stevens Pass is one of the main East-West routes across the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Lake Wenatchee is a popular destination near there and the route usually taken is to travel about 20 miles east of the summit of the pass on Highway 2, and then turning towards Lake Wenatchee State Park at Coles Corner.
Another route though during the warmer months is called Smithbrook and is a gravel ed forest service road. It’s a shorter route, but because of the road being more winding and a slower speed, it takes about the same amount of time.
Very near where you crest the mountain range separating Stevens Pass from the area that drains into Lake Wenatchee is this scenic little pond. This photo is taken right from the road. The pond is strewn with lily pads and is calm and serene, half surrounded by tall evergreens.
Going to have to take that off the beaten path shortcut again some day.
Cashmere is a small town in the Wenatchee Valley, just a few minutes west of Wenatchee and a short drive east from Leavenworth. It’s largely agricultural based, but has a fun downtown area, some nice parks, the Cashmere Cider Mill, 9/11 Memorial, and of course Aplets & Cotlets.
From the Aplets & Cotlets parking lot, you get a great view of this classic ghost sign. It’s on the backside of one of the downtown storefronts and has a great vintage look to it.
How long was this sign made? Small town experiences are largely about a simpler time and we don’t normally think of associating them with the word “modern”. That wasn’t always the case, apparently.
Beautiful ghost signs are a nice surprise on any road trip.
I love signs. Huge historical roadside markers, faded ghost signs, classic neon signs, and any other sign, as long as it’s interesting.
In the small town of Randle, Washington, just west of Packwood and the entrance to the Mount Rainier National Park, you can find a small eating establishment that goes by the name of Huff ‘N Puff. They serve awesome milkshakes, great burgers, tasty hot dogs, and a whole lot more.
They also have a classic vintage sign out front too.
A summer day saw us drop down off of Highway 28 in Eastern Washington into the vacation getaway of Crescent Bar. This particular Saturday saw this little vacation spot absolutely packed. The beach here is at the edge of the Columbia River and the inlet of water that allows boats to access the marina.
The scene looks like a multitude of memories being made as people from all walks of life cool themselves in the water or warm themselves in the sun.
At NWRoadtrips, we love signs. This includes modern signs, neon signs, vintage signs, traffic signs, historical signs, and ghost signs. The “Public Market” sign at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee is one of the great signs in Washington State.
Looking up into Wenatchee towards the hillsides beyond is a great way to view the sign. It dominates the local scenery when you stand in the parking lot of this very fun attraction. A nice bonus is that you can check out the sign, get a snack or a drink, and take a walk along the Columbia River all from this one spot.
This is another one of those road trip photo ops that just jumps right out at you. On a drive along Highway 20 through the Concrete, Washington area, a huge and dominant structure looms right over the road.
This is another one of those things you stumble across on a road trip that has almost everything. First, there’s the historic nature of the structure and how it ties back to the early development of the Skagit Valley and the famous hydroelectric dams found throughout the region. Second, there’s the famous Hollywood movie relationship the concrete silo and welcome sign has. Third, there’s the way it just dominates the local scenery. Fourth, there’s the impressiveness of the structure, especially for the time it was built.
There are a lot more things to like about this photo subject too. Something for everyone, really. And it’s the kind of thing that’s hard to drive by without stopping and capturing with your camera.
Sometimes passing by a little example of public art is an immediate call to stop and take a picture. That’s what happened last year when I pulled off Highway 2 in Skykomish. There, right in front of a beautiful, orange Burlington Northern train was something even more colorful, multi-colored bicycles attached to a fence!
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know the story behind this cart project, but I admired the time and effort it took to create such a sight.
It grabbed my eye and lured me in. And isn’t that one of the goals of almost any work of art?