The Light at Newhalem
Trip Start Jul 08, 2006
106Trip End Sep 03, 2006
Newhalem also has the main Visitor Center for the North Cascades National Park. Me and Andrew stopped there first. Big demo going on outside, volunteers, talking about the firefighters of this forest land. A chunk of aluminum foil caught our eye. "It's the last resort," we were told. "If the firefighter is surrounded by fire and can't get out, they lie down on the ground and pull this fireproof cover over themselves." We both shuddered at the thought. We learned about how fire is used to PREVENT fire, it is a useful tool itself. What causes fires? Lightning and carelessness, pretty much it.
Inside, lots of interesting displays, the flora, the fauna, the geology, the climate. This park fascinates me. I'd like to stay right here for at least a week, just looking.