Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Beautiful Nooksak Falls, Beautiful Mount Baker, and Hideously Ugly Flat Tire
On our way back to the States, we saw that the main border going onto I-5 had a long wait, and it must have been moving slowly since people were standing around outside their cars. And since Mount Baker was looking so beautiful, we decided to drive about 25 kilometers east and go through the border entrance that would take us near the mountain.
The views along the way were perfectly clear and gorgeous. We ended up having less than 5 minutes at the border, and the extra drive time we spent was probably at least as long as we would have waited at the other border entrance.
Once we made it to the area, we stopped to see beautiful Nooksak Falls.
The wonderful thing about our trip was seeing these waterfalls in their peak flow. Though many waterfalls peak in Spring, the sun often doesn't make it to these mountain areas until summer, and the flow is intense as the glaciers melt.
I was saddened to see a sign listing the names of people who have died from crossing the fences.
I really can't imagine why you would feel the need to. It already gave a great view, and anywhere beyond the fence wouldn't have been any better.
We were perfectly content to stay behind the fence.
After the waterfall, we took a horribly windy, terrible road up to see Mount Baker from a closer viewpoint.
I wonder if there's a hike that would get you up close with these waterfalls.
Then again, they might just be temporary since they're clearly running down from the glacier.
It's hard to believe that this mountain...
is the same as this mountain. The view is so different when you're up close. I felt the same way about Mount Ranier.
Unfortunately, the road started off paved and did not tell us 4 Wheel Drive only. We ended up getting a flat tire and seeing this symbol (!) with a squiggly line underneath light up on our dashboard. I tried finding what that meant in our car manual, but the windy roads plus trying to concentrate on what I was looking for were making me feel incredibly car sick. Once we got back onto the freeway I was able to look through and find that it meant low tire pressure. And right then is when we started to feel it.
To be honest, we couldn't even tell we had a flat until it was far too late. Oscar got out and changed the tire when we were only 25 miles from home. Unfortunately our tire was not salvageable in any way, but at least we didn't do any wheel damage by driving on it so long. We're glad we made it home safely and had a fabulous trip.