North Cascades National Park

Diablo Lake

Ohhh, Diablo Lake. You are a thing of beauty. Wowwwie. So majestic… So peaceful… So blue. Would you mind if I just camped out here forever? I’m pretty quiet; I mind my own business most of the time. You won’t even notice I’m here, I promise!

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Okay, seriously though, North Cascades National Park is my new favorite place in Washington. I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful state. To think we’re only a few hours away from places like this is incredible and mind-blowing to me. For those of you who don’t know – I grew up in Wisconsin. It’s beautiful in its own way, of course, but I’m positive there’s nowhere in our country that is quite as beautiful as the Pacific Northwest. This doesn’t mean I’ve stopped wearing my “Midwest is Best” shirt though, dad! I’ll always bleed green and gold. ;-)

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Yes, I know… I sort of took a ton of photos. Whenever I see bright greens and grays like this in nature, I’m reminded of the beautiful rocks and waterfalls we saw in Iceland. I can’t get enough of this natural color combo.

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

When we got to the lookout area at the top, there were only four other people up there. It felt like it was ours, if only for a little while. From the size of the parking lot, I imagine it’s usually packed with tourists. I guess we got lucky.

This was the perfect send-off before I leave for China tomorrow. Thanks for being so good to me, Washington. <3

By amandaaude@gmail.com

"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." - Emily Dickinson

19 Comments

  1. Reply

    Fiona

    wow – so gorgeous! Lucky to live so close!

  2. Reply

    Craig Aude

    Yes, Beautiful but, I’ll tell Aaron Rodgers you’re still a Midwest girl.

  3. Reply

    Lynnae

    Stunning. One day I will have to make it to the west coast and visit there as well. Safe travels to China!

  4. Reply

    McKenzie Allyshia

    We will have to add this to our list of places we must go! That lake looks stunning and so peaceful ♥

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Ahh, yeah you have to go! It isn’t far at all and so worth it!

  5. Reply

    Marina

    It’s so gorgeous!

    What are you doing in China?

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      I’m studying Mandarin for 5 weeks!

  6. Reply

    Kay

    Gosh thats stunning!

  7. Reply

    Ann

    I admire your photography skills! These are some great shots and they are beautiful!
    https://theoraclejournal.net

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Aw, thanks so much, Ann!

  8. Reply

    Kelly

    So tranquil and captivating! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Reply

    Jae x SCATTERBRAIN

    If I were to leave California and live somewhere else, I’d definitely move to the PNW! (Although I’ve heard that there’s a stigma that PNW locals are California transplant snobs. Haha!) I live vicariously through posts/photos like yours~

    1. Reply

      amandaaude@gmail.com

      Haha yeah I’ve met a few… ;) It’s just the prettiest place! <3

  10. Reply

    Sanne

    I really looks amazing! I’m off to Seattle in September for a Swedish crayfish party. I’m really considering staying for a couple of days more and explore more of the area.

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