Camping: Rasar State Park

22 06 2009

Well, Seattle went 30 days with no rain. It’s been per.fect. Just amazing weather for May & June. Which means we are in for a killer late June and potentially agonizing early July. What did the Lpod decide to do? Well, we decided if we booked a camping trip the rains would come back. We were right!

We found a camp site just north of Seattle on the Skagit River at Rasar State Park, which is home to hundreds of bald eagles in the winter months. For reference, the Skagit Valley is where the tulip fields are in April!

001_Scott on Skagit

scott dreaming about his wishful dinner

On Saturday morning we made a yummy breakfast with coffee (I am married to Scott, the coffee master) and then went for a walk around the 3 mile loop around the campground. Much of the trail wraps around the Skagit River. We found a beach and hung out for a short while deciding what else we would do during the day.

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beach on the skagit river

The rest of the campground is surrounded by “hay fields” which were first logging territory turned farmland turned state park. Mixed in each of these fields are fun volleyball courts and picnic grounds.

003_Hay Fields at Rasar

farm house on the skirt of the camp ground

Scott decided that since the weather was scheduled to turn (toward rain) that afternoon, it would be a perfect chance to try to catch a trout for dinner. The weather didn’t change, he caught some logs and enjoyed casting. I read and relaxed in the shade. Perfect relaxation.

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relaxing by the river side

Back to the campsite, Scott got the fire going and I started in on dinner. I made grilled andouille sausages over a bed of sauteed chard and goat cheese polenta. Yeah, go ahead and laugh at me. I like cooking, okay?

005_Campfire Dinner

chard and polenta cooking away

The finished dinner by the campfire was delicious. If you didn’t laugh at me, I’ll invite you camping with us next time.

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stop laughing at me

Sunday morning we woke up to rain so we made a quick breakfast, broke camp, and headed out on to the North Cascades Scenic Highway. Oh, dear. This is by far the most spectacular drive I’ve seen to date. The views are unbelievable. It’s a pretty short stretch of highway that is open only a few months out of the year. I HIGHLY recommend everyone make this drive some time in their life. Breathtaking. And only about 1.5-2 hours from our front door.

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the early part of north cascades national park

The rocks in the picture below just looked fake to us. The pictures really don’t capture just how clear the water was and smooth…almost silky…the rocks looked.

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silky granite

I loved all of the moss and mysterious fog.

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look how clear the water is below

We stopped off to check out a dam along the Skagit. Maybe this one was the Ross Dam?

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forgot to write down where i was, it was too cold for chacos

Many of the peaks were still snow capped – and many of them getting snow while we visited. It was chilly!

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peak shrouded in clouds

My favorite view point of the drive was at the Ross Lake overlook. The color of the water was a crystal clear aqua blue. So beautiful. Scott decided our next camping trip would be on that island. I protested, how would we get the stove there for me to cook gourmet campfire meals?

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my favorite view point - ross lake

We met some new friends. One of them is a little spike.

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our friend spike and his lady friend

Sometimes I couldn’t tell if I was looking at a river or a lake, but all of it was either a clear aqua or a shimmery green (cloudy from the glacier silt). It was really hard to stop posting pictures. I hope you caught a glimmer of what the park is like!

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the long and windy river...

All in all, it was a very peaceful weekend…especially since for most of the trip the cell phone worked and I could keep getting and giving updates on the sweet little princess Piper. Welcome to our world little girl. Cannot wait to come meet you!