August 13, 2006
Of Spacious Skies: North Cascades Majesty
Driving back to Seattle after a weekend with friends in Twisp, our family today had an eyeful of the North Cascades National Park, seen from Washington State Route 20. Here's a shot I took this afternoon of Silver Star Mountain and Vasiliki Ridge. Verily, hit the road, Jack.
Posted by Matt Rosenberg at August 13, 2006
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I've driven back and forth on SR20 from Burlington to Winthrop more times than I can remember, but I never get tired of the scenery:
As good as it gets.
Of course right now depending on the wind direction that scenery can be seriously obscured; especially further on down the Methow from Silver Star:
As of last report a couple hours ago, the Tripod Complex fire between the Methow and Okanogan Valleys is now over 83,000 acres; and still only 25 percent contained even though they have nearly 2300 people fighting the fire. See:
Those of us who own forest land in the Upper Methow are crossing our fingers; hoping that we don't get a strong, sustained wind before they get this monster under control. My guess is that at least parts of it may burn until it snows:
Between the trees killed by Spruce Budworm and the forest not having been properly thinned, there are large areas up there that are essentially a vertical firewood pile.
It is way past time to employ modern equipment:
3. beautiful shot. great links.
4. beautiful shot. great links.
5. Not to quibble, but that particular shot is not in the North Cascades National Park. The Park ends a few miles up the road, the west side of Washington Pass.
6. Wow... That is beautiful. But wouldn't it be better if we put a couple of oil rigs up there? And maybe blasted the mountain on the left down to make a copper strip mine. Damn those liberals and their environmental laws.
7. beautiful; nature--not destruction; would rather look up at this on a hike--free--than stare at the ground in forced prayer 5 times a day as a forcefully converted infidel; think about what you have, folks; what you want to keep; what you are willing to lose; it's happening now;
8. Some of us who live in the East and HATE IT envy such photos.
Just a note to Methow Ken:
Most forestry studies on thinning, even those from the forest-as-a-resource school, show that thinning doesn't work. I lost my home in a fire once and own property in the Sequim area myself that could conceivably be threatened one day., so don't want to come across as a "I hope your house burns" environmentalist. But at the same time I do suggest that you read some of the literature on thinning. This is one issue that is not simply a lib/con matter.
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