We've had this trip planned since the coldest nights of January, maybe even earlier if my memory is correct. We would have gone much sooner, but we were waiting on our 1974 Toyota Chinook camper that Scott and his dad were working to restore. So after months in an Idaho garage, it was time for her maiden voyage. Anxious and fingers crossed, we made the three day trip with only a few kinks to still work out mechanically, but at least we were stuck in some beautiful places.
We named her Ponderosa. August 1st was our five year anniversary; apparently the traditional anniversary of wood, and since we picked the truck up on the eastern side of WA where the Ponderosa pine trees are plentiful, it made sense.
Traveling up over highway 20 through the north cascades will make your eyes big and your head tilt up and out trying to take it all in. The hiking here is incredible and the Methow Valley area is exactly everything you've probably ever heard about it. It's probably no surprise, but getting out is our favorite thing to do. It re-energizes and resets us. We dreamed big dreams and small dreams. We lounged, we slept under the stars, we ate simply, we hiked daily; basically we roamed, wandered, and explored as I think we all should do once in awhile, if not daily. We are looking to get back again. We heard good things about this area in the Fall; sooner than later works for us. Here are just a few images from the trip, but really you should experience it for yourselves.