We spent Wednesday and Thursday nights at Heather's family's cabin in the Cascade Mountains east of Everett, just off of U.S. 2 at Baring. In order to get to and from the cabin we got to drive across this one-lane bridge. If it was not quite so cloudy you would see Mt. Index in the distance.
The cabin looks out into the thick forest, with Index Creek just down the hill a bit.
On Thursday we drove further east on U.S. 2, over Stevens Pass and to the town of Leavenworth. Along the way we found a display detailing the history of the Great Northern Railroad line that runs along the same route as the highway.
We also found some stretches of the original Cascade Highway, from before U.S. 2 was put in. It's not quite 2 lanes wide, and even narrower in some places, but the pavement has been maintained. It's always nice to get off the main road for a while.
The town of Leavenworth is on the dry side of the Cascades, so it was much sunnier and warmer out there. They've built the town into a Bavarian village. It's sort of tacky, but still fun. Too bad the food isn't as good as the real thing. It's close, but not quite there.
We did find a good Danish bakery in Leavenworth for a mid-afternoon snack, in my case it was the cherry-custard danish, and it was every bit as good as it looks.
There are some great old iron bridges along U.S. 2, this one is near Gold Bar. The pedestrian walkway (which is only on one side) is decked in wood. Heather long ago got used to me abruptly pulling over the car in order to run back along the road to get a few pictures of old bridges like this.
Click here for more images from along U.S. 2 in the Cascades between Everett and Leavenworth.
Click here for more images from our trip to Leavenworth on June 17, 2010.
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