BACKPACKING IN THE CASCADES-A REWARDING WAIT

WAIT, my One Word for 2022, again proved inspired as we WAITed for the Golden Ticket.

Filled with anticipation, my husband and I headed to Washington in June for our long aWAITed backpacking trip in North Cascades National Park……our second three-generation backcountry adventure.

View from the trail in North Cascades National Park

To obtain a coveted reservation for a remote camping site in North Cascades National Park, an entry in a lottery is required. So we WAITed until March 3 for the registration to open. Four of us signed up for a chance, then WAITed until March 18 to be notified. ONLY ONE of us had won the “Golden Ticket.” Then we WAITed until April 12 for the time window to open allowing us to choose a site.

The WAIT was worth it! We got great sites for three nights on a trail which would be just right for the different ages (5-years to 73-years-old) and abilities of our family group. Then there was the WAIT for June to start our adventure.

Backpacking in North Cascades National Park

On the trail

On the trail.

Our grandsweeties were fabulous hikers….a total of fourteen miles with more than a 1000’ elevation gain. Each grandchild carried their own pack with needed items, even the youngest carrying her water and snacks. Their parents are to be commended for hauling heavy loads with the tent, stove, water purification items, meals and other needed supplies for their family of five. When we reached each day’s campsite, everyone pitched in to set up tents.

Tents in the trees.

Our oldest granddaughter learned to light the Jetboil to heat water for dinner. Our grandson practiced wise bear-country food storage by throwing the rock bag onto a tree limb in order to hang food safely during the nights. Our youngest granddaughter pointed out wildflowers along the way.

Tiger lily .

We dined on yummy dehydrated meals. During downtime, we played a card game, Kings in the Corner, on a tree stump. During a rainy morning breakfast under a tarp, a friendly deer stopped by to visit.

A friendly breakfast visitor

The trail was beautiful, lined with tall trees and offering views of mountain peaks. We crossed many cascading creeks and were thankful for a sturdy bridge over Thunder Creek. The sounds of rushing water alternated with quiet forest sounds as we hiked along the path.

Along the forest trail, heading to one of our campsites.
Crossing cascading streams.

Fortunately there is a sturdy bridge over Thunder Creek. The turquoise color is because of glacier flour.

SCRIPTURE

Your love, Lord, reaches to the highest heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteous is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! ~~ Psalm 36:5-7 (NIV)

What an amazing experience we had making memories among God’s magnificent creations! Did you need to WAIT for a special activity or gathering this summer? I pray your days are filled with special treasures!

With blessings,

Sherida

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6 Responses to “BACKPACKING IN THE CASCADES-A REWARDING WAIT”

  1. Jill Weatherholt Says:

    How wonderful, Sherida! I’m so happy for you and your family. It sounds like the perfect trip, once the waiting was over. Thank you for taking us along and for sharing your gorgeous photos! xo

  2. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Thank you, Jill! It was a fabulous trip, especially spending time with the family. Can you tell I’m so proud of these young hikers? Thinking of you and hoping you’re enjoying your summer with the hummies, ducks and lovely garden flowers. Blessings!

  3. Laura Conner Kestner Says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing your family’s amazing adventure, Sherida. Great story, and beautiful pictures. No WAITing story for me, but I sure enjoyed yours.

  4. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Laura, thank you for stopping by. Besides being with family, we savored the cooler temperatures up there. Hope your summer is going well….and (no pressure) but I’m WAITing for your next release…..A Texas Secret, right? Blessings to you!

  5. Myra Johnson Says:

    What beautiful scenery, and such special family memories you made! I am definitely no camper, but looking at 105+ for the highs this week here in our part of Texas and everything green withering away, I am envious!

  6. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Myra, I wish I could send you some of that cool greenery…. and the rainy night we experienced. I understand your area is struggling with hot and dry conditions right now. I sympathize! We’re back home in Arizona with similar weather. The brief Washington time was a respite, for sure. Thank you so much for stopping by. Blessings!

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