It’s a beautiful day in Washington’s Central Cascades and we celebrate with a hike to Alpine Lookout. This is a fire lookout site that was originally established in 1920 with an L-4 Cab fire lookout built in 1936. The L-4 Cab was replaced by the current R-6 Cab in 1976. It is one of the few remaining fire lookouts in Washington that is still standing and staffed every summer by the U.S. Forest Service. Alpine Lookout is listed in the National Historic Lookout Register. Today on the 4th of June the cabin is still locked waiting for the summer lookout to arrive. The trail to the lookout, at 6,237 feet, is just over 10 miles round trip with 2,600 feet of cumulative elevation gain.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.