Northern Tier 2010

July 5, 2010

Top of the San Juans

Filed under: Geology, Pre-Tour Vacation — Henry Scott @ 8:00 pm

Despite a cool, misty morning, we made it to the top of Mount Constitution (and the CCC-built tower at the top) just in time for the sky to clear. We couldn’t quite see the Cascades, but the view was plenty good enough to justify the 6.7 mile hike to see it and get back.

We parked at the Mountain Lake trailhead and followed the Mount Constitution loop trail, which took us by Mountain Lake on the way back.

The best part of being so high up was that it gave us a great perspective of the San Juans — it is awesome to see so many islands so close together. And, it was fun to imagine what the scene would have looked like fifteen or so thousand years ago when ice, rather than water, separated the peaks.

There were myriad wildflowers, and a strikingly black slug (of much more interest to me than Jennifer) in addition to progressively grander vistas to keep us entertained on the way up.

Siberian miner lettuce:



  1. Wow, that is a cool slug. My own interest in slugs seems to have gone up a good percentage (not hard since it was very close to zero before) since Jackson discovered some in his great-grandma’s garden a few weeks ago.

    What program are you using for your pictures? I tried to save this one down to show J when gets home from visiting his Grandma and it wouldn’t let me. Are you copyrighting?

    Comment by Erika — July 6, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    • I’m not intentionally doing anything to prevent downloading…. Perhaps it is something inherent to WordPress? Most photos go straight to WordPress foam the ipad’s import program, but I’ve tweaked a few, the slug included, in a great iPad app called Photogene.

      Comment by Henry Scott — July 6, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  2. I’m sure the sea stacks picture in no way does them justice! And the picture of the San Juans you posted is just beautiful! I have added some things to my bucket list because of your class! It will be fun to follow the highlights of your trip! Hope you both have an awesome and safe time!:)

    Comment by Sue Wolf — July 6, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

  3. Have to confess that I had not heard of the San Juan Islands. Just Googled and am reading that Lopez Island is a bicyclist’s paradise! Looking forward to following you as you bike across the country. What an opportunity and thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by Sally — July 6, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

  4. Great photos, Henry! I’m really looking forward to following your progress across the continent.

    Comment by Jerry — July 7, 2010 @ 3:21 am

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