We headed north toward Soap Lake and Blue Lake and followed the eastern edge of Banks lake to arrive at the dam. As we left Yakima we glimpsed Mt. Adams once again. And Mount Rainier peeked from between a couple low hills.
The landscape became arid and bare. Buttes sculpted by wind and water rose in the distance. We crossed the Columbia River once again.The canyons rising on either side of the three lakes were dark and forbidding.
When we reached the Grand Coulee Dam we found a picnic table in the shadow of a tree at the foot of the enormous concrete structure. Small birds dipped and soared at the foot of the dam. It was large and impressive, but not beautiful in the way he natural sites have been.
After lunch we found the North Cascades Scenic Highway, Rt. 20, which leads through the mountain passes. It was a long drive, but the views were stunning. High peaks rose on both sides as the road wound up the slopes. Waterfalls spilled down the rock faces as the spring warmth melted the snow.
From the Washington Pass we gradually descended on our way to the coast. We kept looking for Mt. Baker but the other enormous peaks stood in the way. The Diabolo Lake was a green gem along the way.