Explore This! The Cascades (and surrounding area)

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on July 26, 2010 @ 2:00 pm 6 comments
This week, I thought it would be nice to travel to the North West of the United States. I’ve picked up a few books over the last six months that prominently feature this area. In Clive Cussler’s The Wrecker, there’s a madman attempting to tear down the Cascade Canyon Bridge. In The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, the main character, Violet, lives in small town Washington but has the Cascade Range as a constant backdrop in her tale. And, of course, in The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer, we start off in Seattle but ultimately end up in Forks, Washington, chasing after Bella swan et al. (I think, technically, Forks is within the Olympic Mountain Range, but these areas are so close together that I’ve included them both here.)

I’ve always been fascinated by Seattle, despite its rainy climate, but the contrast of mountains, greenery and city life within the entire North West region has me even more curious. (And this is also in spite of the potential for nasty vampires, werewolves, lunatics and serial killers!) This is emphasized for me by the complete lack of anything resembling a mountain in the Greater Toronto Area, where I live.

The Cascade Canyon Bridge. I must admit, I thought the way Clive Cussler was describing it that it would have been much bigger. I guess he used artistic license in his description.

One of the mountains in this stunning range.

Another view in the Cascade Range

Seattle, with a beauftiful view of city versus mountain.
Welcome to Forks!
A mist hangs over Forks, so I guess a good day for the vamps to come out.

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

Share This Post

Subscribe and stay up-to-date

Via E-Mail:

Follow us via RSS, twitter and facebook:


Join the Discussion
  • draconismoi July 27, 2010 at 2:31 am

    As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I have to say I prefer Patricia Briggs' depiction of the Tri Cities Washington State) in the Mercy books.

    Why? Because she understands very little of Washington and Oregon deal with rain and clouds all year! Most of both states have pretty traditional weather – scorching hot summers, snowy winters, and everything in between.

    This is probably a symptom of going to school out on the East Coast, where every single person I met assumed I'd never seen snow before. Sigh.

  • Jackie July 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    dracon – I scrolled back through my pics to double check but only one of them had the fog! LOL. I think for Stephenie Meyer it was more an issue of artistic license, to allow the vamps out during the day than anything else. I totally understand where you're coming from though. Here in the Great White North, we get many people from the south asking if we travel by snow shoe year round. The world just needs to travel more…even if it is only vicariously (like me and my posts 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) July 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I love those mountain pictures. Those are amazing looking. I would love to sit by the lake, fishing, and look up at that amazing scene. Great pictures once again. 🙂

  • Jackie July 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Melissa – You forgot about bringing a book along! Think of the solitude for reading….*sighs*

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) July 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Oh my Jackie! How did I forget the books? Well, I guess that their are always a few in my purse and carry bag that I always have on me… I just take for granted anymore that I always have a few books. 🙂 I could be lost there with my book and no one to bother me. I may never make it home! 😉

  • Jackie July 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    There are definitely worse places to get lost with a book! I would have to learn how to fish to stay alive though…that'd be the tricky part :-p

Previous Post
Next Post
Luvo designed by Internet Marketing In conjunction with Template Wordpress , R4 DS , Best SUV.