Yesterday we decided to go for a drive up highway 20. We have done this drive about once a year since we moved here, which has been 5 1/2 years now, so we're pretty familiar with all the stops and sights along the way. We were planning on driving to Diablo, which is this weird little "town" just before the road turns to go up the steep part of the mountains. It is inhabited by employees of Seattle City Lights, and only one time that we've been there have there been signs of life. That was last fall I think, yesterday when we got there all the houses that were inhabited a few months ago were vacant and deserted looking. It is so odd.
Anyway, this time we pretty much stopped whenever we saw a place we thought was interesting looking. Usually we stop once or twice along the way, but this time we stopped at least 6 times total. I didn't get pictures of all the places we stopped (like the cool waterfall on the side of the road), but I took a bunch at the places I did think to get out my camera. =) Here is a picture tour of our day minus a few stops.
We also stopped at another small community for Seattle City Lights employees (there are lots of dams on this part of the river and they mostly feed electricity to Seattle). Chris and I went on another hike that we had never been on before and it was pretty cool. It had some plaques with some of the history of the forest area. This was one of those areas that I didn't think about taking pictures. I wish I had my camera though.
Another area we stopped at was a State Park that we used to camp at. They closed the camping portion of it a few years ago to protect the old growth forest. We didn't do a lot of exploring at that spot because it required a pass we had to pay for. But like I said we camped there before so we had already explored some of the trails there. However, I would like to go back to that park and do some hiking there again, it was pretty cool several years ago.