Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The 100 Day Challenge: Day #99 - Oso Bound

The intention today was to go to explore the end of the Centennial Trail at the Nakashima Trailhead.  We had a nice drive up Highway 9, through Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Arlington and Bryant.  Very nice trailhead parking area (but just one port-a-potty).  Then we saw this notice:


Hmm....maybe another time.  We just walked a short way.  We will definitely come back at some point.  I just wasn't into a bear encounter today.  I did take a few shots, however.





I did like that the County Parks Department is into re-purposing signage.

From the front:


From the back:




As long as we were north of Arlington, we decided to take a drive out to Oso.  We had not been out there since the infamous mud slide in March 2014.  Forty-three people lost their lives in this disaster, and approximately 50 homes and other structures were destroyed.  It was devastating to the area.  They are still working on repairing and repaving Hwy 530 and I was only able to get a shot of the slide area from the car.



We continued our drive out to Darrington, stopped for a late breakfast, and then heading back home with a few stops for photo ops.

This is the Squire Creek Campground (Snohomish County Parks).  Dry camping only but some fairly large spots to accommodate RVs.






Some shots from the side of the highway.  It is a pretty drive.





The North Fork of the Stillaguamish River (between Oso and Darrington)





And then the South Fork, in Arlington, WA (taken from Haller Park)





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