We took Washington 20 East towards North Cascade National Park. It was the same route we took when we went to the Marble Creek campground. It seemed to take us longer this time to get to the steel bridge where we had the narrow road to Marble Creek. Newhalem is near Marble Creek. We hoped that we could get a site to stay for tonight.
We arrived at the Newhalem campground at noon. It is near the North Cascade National Park Visitor Center. We toured around loop A and B, and saw some sites were available for tonight only. We picked up a site in loop B which is close to the restrooms, water supply, and trash bin. Stephen backed up the trailer perfectly leveled from side to side and from front to back! And it took less effort to unhitch the trailer this time.
We came across the camp host and he told us we could move to loop C if we want to stay more than one night. He told us that he gets full service as a camp host, a volunteer job that one can apply for from volunteer.org. He likes this job more than any thing he has ever done.
We drove around loop C twice looking for alternative sites but couldn’t find a site that matched our current site. It was a task to hitch and unhitch the trailer every time. We did it perfectly this time and we didn’t want to do it again shortly, so we decided to stay on the current site and then move or leave tomorrow.
We relaxed in our folding chairs by the picnic table. The sun was high and shined on our Escape trailer charging the battery. The breeze kept us cool. Surrounding by the trees and mountains, blue sky and breeze, we were very happy that we found this safe haven. Cell phone services are available here, and we surfed Internet using our Verizon Jetpack. Everything works fine. It is perfect!
We took a hike to the visitor center. Part of the woods were burned by wild fire. A sea of pink wild flowers brightened up the ground underneath the charred woods. I heard a buzzing flying bird or insect dashing towards me as I stood on top of a rock taking photos. I reached to the burned trunk to keep balance and my right hand and nails were filled with black ash. It might be a hummingbird. I didn’t see it because it came and went in lightening speed. That was my wildlife shock.
Walked through the visitor center and went to the view point. The grand vista of the Picket Range was absolutely breathtaking! The majestic jagged peaks and spires were towering above a western hemlock forest. The Pinnacle Peak has a flat head and shaped like a chopping block. Crescent Creek Spires are sharp and are nicknamed as “the twin needles.” These peaks are only ten air-miles away, but there are no trails leading to the Picket Range. Only the bravest mountain climbers got close to them. The peaks reach up to sky like sacred spirits receiving messages from the heaven. After a while, a lenticular cloud quietly formed above the range. The cloud looked like a halo and enhanced the sacred feeling of the scenery.
After dinner, we paid at the self-pay station by the entrance and walked to the bridge across the Skagit River. The sound of the river could be heard from hundreds of feet away. Cutting through the mountains, carrying the water from the mountains, it is a wide and peaceful river with some rapid currents. What a perfect day! Wish we could stay.