Marblemount and the North Cascades

6 09 2015
Alpine RV Park, Marblemount, WA

Alpine RV Park, Marblemount, WA

After leaving Hope, BC, we proceeded to the Huntingdon/Sumas border crossing.  The Labor Day Weekend traffic caused about an hour’s worth of backup at the border, but once through the checkpoint, we had no traffic on Highway 9 traveling south through the farmlands of western Washington.  A left turn on Highway 20 takes us to Mablemount, and the Alpine RV Park.  Set on the outskirts of this mountain community, the park is a small oval with grassy spaces and 50/30/15 amp electric service, water taps and sewer hookups.  At $15/night with Passport America discount, plus an additional $30 for the second night, this may be the most reasonable place we’ve stayed.  The park also provides a small laundry room and a bath/shower house.  The tall trees and mountains surrounding the area make satellite set-up challenging but achievable with the correct site selection.  There is no T-Mobile service, but the Verizon broadband works well.  And, no over-the-air TV that we find.  With electrical problems affecting several sites, and our 30A breaker clicking off once, this park appears to be due for some deferred maintenance and TLC.

We’re here in Marblemount for two days as we explore the nearby North Cascades National Park.  This is the last town along Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway, that escaped fire damage by the wildfires of this very dry season.  Newhalem, about 15 miles to the east was evacuated during the worst of the fires and the damage is noticeable at the National Park Visitors center here.  After a stop at the Visitors Center, we continue all the way to Ross Lake stopping along the small trails that provided overlook points for the 3 hydroelectric dams here, Gorge, Diablo and Ross.  Owned and operated by the City of Seattle, these three plants provide up to 20% of Seattle’s electrical needs.

Tomorrow we’ll continue up and over the North Cascades highway through Twisp and Okanogan, two of the eastern slope communities heavily affected by the wildfires that have so far burned over 130,000 acres and claimed the lives of 3 firefighters.  Our next stop is Grand Coulee dam – more from there…




One response

10 09 2015

Beautiful scenery!!

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