State Route 20 is a very scenic drive across northern Washington State. The highway snakes it way over passes and through meadows, meandering only a few miles south of British Columbia. I drove by pristine lakes, wide rivers, and dense forests that stretch for miles and miles on end.
I would have liked to have spent more time in the forests of Washington, but unfortunately, a lot of those forests are on fire. Washington has had its share of wildfires this summer and is only now starting to get most of them under control. Someone told me today that three firefighters from this town had died this summer while fighting the fires.
I spent last night in Coleville, WA and tonight I am at a place called Omak. I looked for a forest road to camp on as I drove through the Coleville National Forest today,but most of them were closed.
The Walmarts up here seem to be pretty welcoming. I don’t set my dish or solar panels out, but there is usually good cell signal and a few over-the-air stations. I have to admit I feel a little nervous about sleeping in the forest with fire in the area. I’m sure they would come and tell me to pack up if the fire came my way…. if they could find me.
I should reach Cascade National Park tomorrow. There is fire there, too. I don’t know what there is to see and it may be too cold to explore much on Honda, so it might be a quick visit.