More meandering… out past area leading toward Mt St Helens, and onward and upward toward Mt Rainier. Near Cougar/WA, find an old Forest Road (#25) in Gifford Pinchot National Forest (anybody remember whom Mr. Pinchot was? eh, any of you Sierra Club members?) with a horrible roadbed, but it rambles on past creeks, streams, river, falls, uphill and down, curved and straight, by ugly, brutish clear-cuts, and
gorgeous stands of timber which occasionally canopy the road. (It’s one of those roads where trying to describe it is impossible: what’s needed is a video camera mounted on the van roof which simply transmits images into “The Cloud”)
At Elbe, the middle-aged woman who acts as sexton/docent discusses cameras, scanners, etc. with a professional’s acumen. There’s a minor irony as affluent SUVs fill a parking lot to dine in a Mt Rainier RR caboose, and muffler-impaired pick-up trucks pause for a six-pack at an IOOF building turned general store.
NOTE there are no add’l photos for this date.