Peaks, Meadows, and July Snow

Trip Start Jul 08, 2006
Trip End Sep 03, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Saturday, July 8, 2006

It was interesting to watch the cyclists pedaling up and up and up. Slowly, slowly. The motorcycles sped around us and were gone in a flash. Then you are over the hill, over the top, you have moved to the dry side of the mountains.

If you live around here, you know, rain clouds coming from the Pacific Ocean hit the Cascade Mountain Range and are stopped in their tracks. Rain falls right there, on the WEST side of the mountains, causing thick understory to grow under tall firs.

The minute you cross to the EAST side of the mountains, the terrain changes drastically. Eastern Washington is dry, dry, dry. No understory. Eventually, no trees. But watch, and see. Andrew's new word for the day was "understory."

Although there are 300 glaciers in the Park, the thickest and deepest are western-laid. We did however, find some snow patches at Washington Pass, enough for Andrew to walk around on, at least.
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