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It is been a long time since last blog update. Despite I had only one official adventure on my mind (which is going to Washington state and going back to San Francisco), many things happend. I believe I left you somewhere in Portland so let me tell you what I was up to since then.

When you are a kid you wish some of your favourites movies and characters were real. Since I saw Twin Peaks TV series for the first time I felt that way. You might think that it is a strange dream for a kid, to wish that such a dark place like Twin Peaks existed. Perhaps it is mysticism, maybe good people fighting with evil or just the story that made it so appealing.

As it is a good time to make dreams come true I took surprisingly cheap bus to Seattle and straight away picked up Toyota Corolla from car rental company. I put Twin Peaks TV series soundtrack on the speakers and despite bad weather I started to drive east to visit North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City. Bad weather means hot and sunny because as I remember Twin Peaks is almost always cloudy…

Snoqualmie Falls, can be seen on every Twin Peaks intro

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Twedes Cafe (known as Double R diner from Twin Peaks) serves delicious cherry pie, must do for every Twin Peaks fan

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After deleting another position from my bucket list and a long and scenic drive through Washington I arrived to North Cascades National Park. And forget about imaginary places from childhood because this one is a real thing. Here, during summer of 1956 Jack Kerouac spent on a mountain 63 lonely days as a fire lookout. His experiences were later presented in a book titled “Dharma Bums”. Ascending the mountain and going back takes three days, I had to take back the car on the next day so with a big regret I just decided I will do it next time…

Can you find Desolation Peak?
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The last thing I did on my independent driving journey was a visit in Mount Baker State Park. Long and winding road through forest and mountains revealed one of my new favourite places in Washington.

Mount Baker

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Mount Baker State Park area
DSC07263And again, in a hurry to run away from such a beautiful place, to drop off a car and not to being able to hike even a mile. Finally I got to the car rental company, 5 minutes before time, running really low on gas and unbelievably not getting lost in metropolis.

Concrete, little town in Washington

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Cover photo was taken in Darrington, WA. The big one there seems to be Whitehourse Mountain.

 

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