Everett school teacher writes guidebook for the N. Cascades Highway
By Marina Rockinger
An Everett school teacher writes the ultimate guidebook for travelers of what's been called "the most beautiful mountain highway in the state of Washington."
Cascade High School science teacher Jack McLeod just wanted to help a friend. She told him she drove the North Cascades Highway regularly, but didn't know the names of the peaks, so he decided to help.
"The whole thing started as a photo project," he said.
McLeod figured he would shoot a photo, then simply label the peaks.
"That led to thinking, well there's story behind these peaks," he said. "Maybe I'll make a little, like, six page flip book for friends, saying when the peaks were first climbed and other little tidbits of information."
McLeod admits it became what he describes as an 'obsession.'
"I kept taking pictures and finding out more about gold miners and geology and natural history. It just grew and grew and grew until finally some suggested. 'you know you should actually make this into a book.' "
He titled it simply "The North Cascades Highway: A Roadside Guide"
McLeod describes the book as a 'road log' that begins in Rockport and winds its way to Mazama.
"As you drive across the highway, there are these amazing sights. You go around curves, and there are some fantastic peaks sitting in front of you," he said.
Along with pictures of breathtaking scenery, McLeod includes geological history of the peaks, roadside parking areas and detailed maps.
Out for an evening drive and caught these beautiful colors with just my cell phone camera......peaceful night.
These images were taken Sunday, December 14 with a Nikon D3100 and an Explore Scientific ED127 (Moon) and ED80 (M42
The images of M42 (Orion) and M31 (Andromeda) are short
stacks (lights only) taken Sunday evening with an Explore
Scientific ED80 (wide angle) telescope and a Nikon D3100 DSLR. The image of the moon was taken with an Explore Scientific ED127 (5-inch) refractor.