A view of the Lower Curtis Glacier on the west flank of Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park, Washington. The glacier is relatively small but sits in a deep hanging valley w/ a high terminus headwall of ice making for some impressive photos. The entire late September hike was a mixture of fog & drizzle, typical of the region w/ much of the cliff walls of Mount Shuksan not visible. I had walked out exploring some of the crevasses as it then transitioned to light snowfall. There's no scale but these cracks in the ice descend about 40 feet. The loud runoff of meltwater at the terminus below had soon transitioned into eerie silence, though a faint cascade could be heard (presumably coming from Upper Curtis Glacier). Anybody wanting a taste of North Cascades splendor culminating at a fantastic glacier should definitely put this hike on their to-do list! (Just don't go on an overcast day like I did.)
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.