Gold Bar and Bridal Veil Falls – Roughing It

Nowadays, the last place I want to be is in a city with riots, Coronavirus, and every event cancelled. Thus, we are continuing to explore Washington and renting homes for extended weekends in remote locations. This weekend, our travels took us to Gold Bar – a place that I’d never heard of. It’s also the first time, I’ve seen the Cascade mountains for more than just a drive by.

We stayed in a cabin with one bedroom, an exposed loft, a small living room, cramped kitchen, one bathroom, a deck, and a hot tub. Amazingly, our girls loved the hot tub in 80 degree weather! I don’t get it, but they were as happy as could be!

The cabin was located down a winding private and gravelly road, surrounded by the Cascades, neighboring homes (with very large yards), a nearby river, and plenty of trees. It got really warm in that cabin – no A/C and no screens for the windows, but we enjoyed it all the same.

This was our first full day in the area, so we got up early and headed to the Bridal Veil Falls Trail. We got there close to 8:00 a.m., and the parking lot was packed! If we were to do it again, I would have arrived closer to 6:00 a.m. It’s not too bad of a hike, but there are some steep “stairs” near the waterfall. It’s truly a beautiful waterfall, but since we got there later in the morning there were swarms of clueless selfie takers – again, get there early.

Photographically, there’s only so many ways to photograph the same scene that everyone photographs hundreds of times a day, but I still enjoyed taking photos. On a side note, this is the first trip and time that I’ve ever used my Sony a9 for anything other than sports photos. I packed the Zeiss Loxia lenses due to their compact size and “light” weight.

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