I had a number of positive experiences in this little town that felt very welcoming. Free concerts, inclusion in the marina community, the complementary use of the bikes, walking about the streets and shops of the town and the welcoming attitude of the townspeople all led me to think of Anacortes as one town I had visited in these weeks on the road as the most likely little town I would consider living in.
Often in tourist town, I have felt a mixed vibe, where the locals both love and hate the tourists that keep their little town on the map and viable secretly longing for them to be gone. In Anacortes I felt that local people I met enjoyed sharing their little part of paradise with visitors and wanted you to love it too.
I have lived most of my life in Washington State and yet there is more to see and learn about. Probably the most unknown of the big volcanoes in the state is Mt Baker. According to quick research, I found there are 5 volcanoes considered to be active in Washington State. Mt Baker makes the fourth that we have visited thus far this summer.
Stratovolcanoes are also called composite volcanoes because they are built of layers of alternating lava flow, ash and blocks of unmelted stone. Stratovolcanoes erupt with great violence. Because they form in a system of underground channels, stratovolcanoes may blow out the sides of the cone as well as the summit crater that end will shells that do not always resemble the cone shape they started with.
Last Erupted Current Height
Mt Rainier ( 1894) 14,411
Mt Adams ( 950 AD) 12,277
Mt St Helens (1980's) 8,363
Mt Baker (1880) 10,781
Glacier Peaks (1700) 10,541
Most volcano experts consider Mt St Helens the most likely to erupt next, while Mt Rainier has the potential to be most lethal.
Peek a Boo views can be seen from several view points as you drive on the East side of the majestic formation as you drive to Baker Lake. As a lake fed by glacier and high mountain streams it has the Glacier color from the silk that is ground into a fine powder. When sunlight reflects off it it gives the opaque green/blue color.
Rivers and streams carry the silk and rocks and boulders to new homes and are constantly changing the river scape.
Our one day visit to Mt Baker revealed there is more to be seen (A whole other access from the NorthWest and lots more hiking trails to explore.) There are also several campgrounds that surround Lake Baker making it a wonderful spot to explore the mountain further.... but we are headed on to the North Cascades Highway.