North Cascades National Park
Following our time in Vancouver, we decided to take a detour to visit North Cascades National Park, in Northern Washington. It was on our original itinerary, nixed later on, and then added back in. We secured a spot in Nehalem for the night, and did a late afternoon walk along the Skagit River called the River Loop. It was a nice way to stretch our legs after almost a full day in the car (including over an hour and a half waiting to cross the border back into the US!).
We had fun playing outside, making a campfire, and roasting sausages over the fire for dinner. I taught Quinn and Hayden how to play Farkle, and we played for a while.
In the morning, we got up and visited the Visitor Center so the kids could turn in their Junior Ranger books. We then headed to the trailhead for our morning hike - Thunder’s Knob Trail. It was pretty hot by the time we got out there, and a few of the kids (who shall remain nameless) struggled at first until we got into our groove. We had some great views of Diablo Lake at the top, and then made our way down.
Onward to Seattle!