After we dropped our daughter at the Seattle airport, we headed north to Mt. Vernon, Washington to have some maintenance work done on the RV. With a population of 32,000, Mt. Vernon is not only the gateway to the Cascade Mountains, but also part of the National Trust Main Street Program and a gateway to the San Juan Islands. I had one shot to complete a painting before heading to Canada – early the next morning.
The RV park manager recommended that I check the Little Mountain City Park. She said that on a clear day you could see the Cascade mountains and the tulip farms in the valley and the city and in other direction you could see the San Juan islands and Olympia National Forrest.
I arrived at the park entrance at 7:00am only to find a gate across the road and a sign that said the gate would be opened at 10:00am. Drat! A hiker told me it was fine to hike the road to the top, so I grabbed my paint bag and huffed and puffed 1 and 1/4mile up 940ft to the top. Wow! It was well worth the climb!