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Sun Mountain Lodge Tour Recap

ViewFromTopOfDam_300pxWMany thanks to all those who made the Sun Mountain Tour such a success. We started early with a group of 21 cars including a classic bimmer convertible, new 2 and 4 Series models, as well as Porsche and even a Maserati. The trip through Oso was a sobering reminder of nature’s power over us. Local law enforcement out of Darrington watched our procession carefully as we continued up Highway 530 toward Rockport, but that was the extent of the official attention we attracted.

A little farther up the road, we had the thrill of driving over and pausing momentarily on the top of Diablo Dam for some wonderful pictures of the glacier green lake on one side and spilling water on the other. The remainder of the drive up and over Washington Pass was something to remember for all. We quickly descended from the summit, paraded through Winthrop, and entered the grounds of Sun Mountain Lodge. Our cars were treated to special parking privileges on the lawn out front. Lunch was excellent and matched with a breathtaking view of the Methow Valley from their dining room.  It was a great trip!

Many thanks to Peter Stevens for sharing his photos with us, and to Jess Valmonte for sharing his son Nathan’s video of the trip.

Ed Walker, Tour Coordinator

P.S.  If you missed the Sun Mountain trip, or want to experience another journey a little farther into southeastern Washington,  join us for our upcoming Blue Highways Tour  July 12. Come with us and enjoy the original, twisty, curving highways heading east, like those immortalized by author William Least Heat-Moon in his 1978 book, Blue Highways. These roads are the state’s best kept secrets. Here’s your chance to discover what’s been right under your nose! Read more here.

Check out Nathan Valmonte’s video montage of the Sun Mountain Lodge Tour. Enjoy!

Please note: your photos could be featured here too. We’ll be putting up a Recap after every tour, and all participants are welcome to submit photos to be posted to the gallery. Send us your best shots! The fun doesn’t have to end when the driving day is over.

The following are some of Peter Stevens photos. See more on his Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/nordique/sets/72157645262861324

 

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Getting ready for the Tour

Passing through the Oso mudslide area

Passing through the Oso mudslide area

Tour members socializing at rest stop

Tour members socializing at rest stop

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North Cascades Peak

Rest Stop: A parking lot full of shining Bimmers!

Rest Stop: A parking lot full of shining Bimmers!

Driving across Diablo Dam

Driving across Diablo Dam

The view down from the top of Diablo Dam

The view down from the top of Diablo Dam

Diablo Lake and Dam

Diablo Lake and Dam

Diablo Lake Reflections

Diablo Lake Reflections

Bimmers parked on Sun Mountain Lodge lawn

Bimmers parked on Sun Mountain Lodge lawn

Sun Mountain Lodge bar balcony

Sun Mountain Lodge bar balcony

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View from dining room

View from dining room

 

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Rainbow over spillway