Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pop quiz: What is Mt. Baker's claim to fame?

From Wikipedia

Mount Baker also called Kulshan, is an active glaciated andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington State in the United States. Mount Baker has the second-most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount Saint Helens.

After Mount Rainier, Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade Range volcanoes; the volume of snow and ice on Mount Baker, 0.43 cu mi (1.79 km3) is greater than that of all the other Cascades volcanoes (except Rainier) combined. It is also one of the snowiest places in the world; in 1999, Mount Baker Ski Area, located 14 km (8.7 mi) to the northeast, set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season—1,140 in (2,900 cm).

I'm planning  a 50-state trip next year, and of course must start in Washington state, work my way down to California, then start the journey back north again through.... what state?

I was looking for Mt. Baker lodgings on the web and came across Snowater lodge, which is quite close to Mt. Baker - being located on the Nooksack River.

The thing about this lodge - in fact probably every timeshare rental in Washington state in this area, is that there's not going to be any internet. That is going to be a shock to the system!  But, after a year of working hard doing research on geography, I'm going to need a break from the internet.

So make note of Mt. Baker lodgings, and plan your own virtual trip around the United States.

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