The Dam Road Trip

I’ve wanted to take pictures of the eagle migration for the last couple of weekends but the weather has not been very cooperative. Finally there was a break in the weather yesterday and off we went on my eagle-shooting quest. Unfortunately, when we got there — not a single eagle to be seen. It looks like I’ve missed the migration. 😦  Oh well, there is always next year. Besides, we were driving on one of the most beautiful scenic roads in America — the North Cascades Highway. It offers an amazing display of enormous mountain peaks, lakes and dams along the way. Since the weather was so beautiful, we decided to do a dam road trip instead.

The highway is also a part of the Cascade Loop, a 400-mile driving tour through the cascades. Although, we knew we weren’t going to do the loop because part of the highway is closed during winter. We thought we would drive the distance to see the three dams: Gorge Dam, Diablo Dam, and Ross Dam.

The first dam we came to is the Gorge Dam. This dam is the smallest of the three.

After you pass the Gorge Dam, the next stop is the Diablo Dam and the amazing look-out point. Words cannot even begin to describe this view — you will see the surrounding Cascades, wild-life, Diablo Lake, and more. I was still hoping to see an eagle or two but     no luck.

While I tried my best to capture the beauty of the place, it was just too much for the camera. This is one of those places that you have to experience it in person to get a better sense of its true majestic beauty.

Though I wanted to explore the area a little more, unfortunately, the temperature was freezing cold and very windy. It wasn’t easy to hold the camera steady when my hands were shaking. After taking only a dozen shots, my fingers were numb. We continued on to the next dam, which is the Ross Dam.

A few miles after the Diablo Dam outlook, there were snow on the road and got thicker as we head up higher. It was a good thing, the SUV has four-wheel drive. We were able to continue up the hill without any problem and kept driving until we saw the sign.

We didn’t get to see the Ross Dam but the furry kids had a great time playing in the snow.


26 Comments on “The Dam Road Trip

    • I’m with you. I love watching Max and Evie play. It’s amazing what you can learn about life from observing them. Sometimes, I think life would be less complicated if we would just be more like them — meaning, live in the moment.

  1. Looks like you all had a great time.
    My fav is the first shot – you’ve captured the motion of the moving car and the scenery as seen in the rear view mirror is awesome.

    • I’m happy with the result. In addition to the motion of travel; I wanted to show that no matter which direction you look, the view is amazing. 🙂

  2. Hi ya, love the first image as well as the road closed! I do have to say, great “play” of works on your title!! 😀 Totally cracked me up. Glad you had a good time up in my neck of the woods (well, okay not really my neck but close enough)!

    • Thanks Nigel. It is a pretty amazing place. Though, it must be nice living where you are. I’ve never been to Europe but hopefully, someday… 🙂

  3. You still came back with winning photos even if you missed those eagles. Just another reason to re-visit! Sounds like a nice time. Love the B&W look.

    • Thanks for the compliment Martina. It was a fun road trip. The eagles would have been okay but the alternative came out much better. We will definitely re-visit again — this time the 400-mile loop. 🙂

    • Thanks Morgan. 🙂 A friend told me long ago, “Always expect the unexpected and have a backup plan… because life doesn’t always work out the way you want.”

  4. Great shots. We have some sunny days coming up, maybe I will try that drive. Thanks for sharing!

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