Unemployment Deployment

First week of Good Time Slim’s unemployment. Spent a few days in the Mount Baker Wilderness. Drove over the mountains, and into the Carlton Complex fires.

Artist Point. So bright, Slim could not comfortably hang.

Artist Point. So bright, Slim could not comfortably hang.

The majestic Mt Shuksan.

The majestic Mt Shuksan.

Near Artist Point, on the Mt. Baker Highway.

Near Artist Point, on the Mt. Baker Highway.

Mount Baker, on the right.

Mount Baker, on the right.

At the terminus of the Mt. Baker Hwy lies Artist Point.  Covered in snow, with clear skies, meant Good Time Slim could not open his eyes.  Just before you reach the Point, you will pass a dirt road on your left. In our opinion, this small road had better views, places to camp, and absolutely no crowd. Plus, you can hear the crack of a bullwhip beautifully up there.

Ptarmigan!? Look at those feathery feet.

Ptarmigan!? Look at those feathery feet.

Big A, Emma Lee, and the truck just off of Mt. Baker Hwy.

Big A, Emma Lee, and the truck just off of Mt. Baker Hwy.

Basalt columns? The picture does it no justice, but these were mind blowing.

Basalt columns? The picture does it no justice, but these were mind blowing.

We spent 3 nights on the Northern shore of Baker Lake. We saw only a handful of boats, and they were miles away. Very few cars drove past.

We spent 3 nights on the Northern shore of Baker Lake. Very few cars drove past, and we saw a handful of boats, miles away.

Looking out onto Baker Lake. The color was incredible, and very hard to capture.

Good Time Slim had to build a fire ring, as the existing one was shite.

Good Time Slim had to build a fire ring, as the existing one was shite.

Cedar smoked Bratwurst, fire roasted peppers, and onions. That Lodge cast iron (we bought it for the trip)!

Cedar smoked Bratwurst, fire roasted peppers, and onions. That Lodge cast iron (we bought it for the trip)!

 

Slim showing off his fire ring, and fire.

Slim showing off his fire ring, and fire.

We continued up, and landed on Harts Pass. This was my (Good Time Slim) favorite place. There was no one there, and it was amazing! So damn windy!

 

Harts Pass, all to ourselves.

Harts Pass, all to ourselves.

From Harts Pass, take NF-5400 up to Slate Peak. Warning: The road to Harts Pass is not for the faint of heart, many drop offs and one lane, blind turns. That said, the road to Slate Peak takes serious even more constitution.

Slate Peak was simply awe inspiring.

One of the few times Slim was breathless (a welcome phenomenon).

One of the few times Slim was breathless (a welcome phenomenon).

After leaving Harts Pass, we accidentally drove into and through the Carlton Complex Fire System. We decided to leave Hwy 20 and take the Methow Valley Hwy, from the frying pan into the fire.

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