New Journey Up a Cascade Mountain Road

On this journey I was seeking out great places to capture the beauty of the Northwest that most never see.

First… let me explain the journey. It was a dirt road. It was one lane both directions… going up and coming down the hazardous and muddy road. The hazards were giant pot holes without knowledge of how deep they actually were. And with no room to spare we drove into each super deep hole.  Really it was the pot holes or about a 1,000 foot drop off the side of a cliff.


Was it worth it? Oh freaking yes it absolutely was worth the time and bumps. The photo below is of a small stream or possibly a connection to the nearby river. Not a soul around, except me, to tarnish the peace and solitude. Would love to hear your thoughts on this image… thanks. ; )

cascade mountain river

I imagine we traveled about 5 to 7 miles up hill. Our destination was the top of the mountain, to a spot called Moony Ridge. I understand there are some spectacular views from the ridge. We did not make it. Instead of going right we went left and came to cell tower and a dead end.

The next time I will turn right… and bring my DJI Phantom 4 Pro.

However, we did see this awesome spot across one of the narrow bridges. I called it Blue River. Go ahead… Buy and hang Moody Blue River in your home, cabin, or office.

burlington northern train bridge

Other awesome spots we saw were small water falls, rivers, ponds, an awesome view, thick trees, hunters, a train crossing above one of the small water falls, and a towering train bridge right through the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest and Cascade Mountains. You gotta come see it with me next Spring at my Skykomish Spring HDR Workshop.

We will stay in the small one-horse town with a motel and tavern. Skykomish is a train town. Many trains stop here for repair or switching that are coming into and out off the Cascade Mountain range. Burlington Northern and Amtrak frequent these lines.

Just a side note. The best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi can be found at the Whistling Post Tavern on the main street of the town of Skykomish.

The open nature and pristine views of this Northwest location are to die for. Email for info about my upcoming Skykomish Spring HDR Workshop.

I did keep an eye out for black bear. None spotted on this day.



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