Beaver Lake survived its first “junior” musical. It was strange and awesome, both at the same time. Noah surprised us all once again with his evil Jafar laugh and ability to carry whole scenes. His dry humor finally got a stage on which to shine. We certainly missed Mrs. Woodman and Mrs. Worthington but change happens and we still fortunate to have a musical in the community.
When asked what he likes most about Cross-country, Noah said improving. Last week he finished 28th, this week 16th!
Another part of the Cascades that I have not visited yet is the area near Glacier Peak. Several years ago, a big flood washed out parts of the Suiattle River Road making it a long hike to get close to this remote mountain. Every year it seems, I pull out the maps and link in my mind the trails that make a loop around the Glacier peak. Then I add up the days and the weight of my pack and the uncertain weather and put the maps away for another year.
In search of a late-summer hike, I chose the North Fork of the Sauk Trail. It leads to White Pass. There are some dashed lines on the map which made a lollipop into a basin near the snout of the White Chuck Glacier. The map is labeled “Glacier Peak Meadows”. Intrigued and with a fantastic forecast, I set the course. Nate decided to tag along. It was glorious wandering and a good reminder that the dashed lines lead to the most interesting places.
To prepare for an impending audition, Nathan practiced his monologue at the top of each pass.