HIGHWAY 20 NORTH

Now that I have Twisp covered it’s time for us all to go for a nice walk north on Highway 20. It’s kind of unfortunate but there are no hiking trails around the campground so to get in some miles I have to walk on the highway with cars racing by at 60 MPH. Still it was a beautiful walk and I got a better look at the Methow Valley.

This is the Methow River, reflecting the smoke clouds which really caught my eye.

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This buck was posing quite nicely against the scrub grass.

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There was a steady stream of fire and rescue vehicles heading toward Twisp and beyond. They were from all over the state as well as from Oregon. There were also about eight large vans carrying firefighters with all their gear stowed on the roof rack. This is one of the fire vehicles.

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I believe this is what they were racing towards. It appears as there was a bit “flareup” on the other side of Twist.

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Oh and did I mention that this is really different but beautiful country? Click on this panorama to see what I saw during my walk this morning.

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Thanks for walking with me, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Be sure to come join me again tomorrow!

METHOW VALLEY

Yesterday we left for points east and traveled the North Cascades Highway. It’s a beautiful trip that everyone should travel at least once in their lifetime. We stopped for a photo opp at the entrance to the park.

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Here is a little bit of what you see along the way.

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It was a toasty 100 degrees F when we arrived at Riverbend RV Part just outside of Twisp.

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It’s located in the beautiful Methow Valley. That’s pronounced “Met-how”, you don’t say the “th” together like you might ‘th’ink. The campground is located right on the Methow River. This is the river this morning as I was starting my morning walk.

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That’s right folks I did walk this morning and I hope you are walking with me because it was a beautiful morning. The temperature cooled down to a very pleasant 61 degrees but it’s supposed to top out at over 103 today, ouch!

Here are some shots of the Methow Valley area as we walk along the highway.

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Unfortunately all this heat and dry weather is causing some very large forest fires. This appears to be a brand new one that’s starting up just to the north of our campground.

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I was being watched as I walked by. It’s nice to have company so early in the morning.

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This is looking down on our campground toward the Methow River.

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Bug Test! Apparently they are doing some sort of bug test around here to see how many and what kind of bugs are in the area. It’s basically “fly paper” with a grid.

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As many of you know my 73 year old brother Ron is traveling the same roads as we are but on a fully loaded bicycle. After going over the passes yesterday and the narrow hot roads along the Methow Valley I have to say he’s either my “hero” or a complete “idiot”!! This is one of the roads he rode on and you can see how narrow he shoulder’s are. Oh yeah, the speed limit along here is 60 MPH, Holy Crap! Better him than me. The good news is that he leaves each morning very early and stops well before noon.

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And with that I’ll leave you to your “Hump Day”. Thanks for walking with me and hopefully we can do it again tomorrow.