Monday. 12.9.19 8:16 pm
Despite having lived in the PNW for 9 years now, I've realized that I'm still in awe of the beauty of this state. At least western WA. Having not explored really any of the eastern part of the state, I'm currently biased by which part of the state I find beautiful. Occasionally when I'm driving southward, the sun will catch just right on Mt Rainier and it'll just look gorgeous. The evergreens mixed in with the bare trees in the winter, or the blooming trees in the spring.
Yesterday I drove up in to the North Cascades to visit Diablo Lake. I lucked in to the fact that SR20 was still open for the season. Usually right around this time of year the road will close for the season, for safety reasons. It's a two lane road, one in each direction, and it's a very winding and twisty road through the mountains. Winter conditions make it near impossible to drive, and to avoid unnecessary deaths it's closed sometime between Thanksgiving and New Year, then opened again in the spring.
*edit* WSDOT announced that SR20 will be closing for the season effective 6am tomorrow, 12/11. So I REALLY lucked out by getting out there on Sunday!
I would like to get out and explore more this next summer. I didn't get out near as much this past summer, so I will try to make up for it next summer. I'm hoping we get a bunch of snow again this winter, because it was just so pretty last season. Driving in it is such a bitch, but it's pretty.
I'm not sure if I'll be writing anything else before year's end so I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
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