North Cascades National Park is in north central Washington, up against the Canadian border. It contains several recreation areas centered around its lakes. We drove through the park on our way to Seattle, and spent the night at Newhalem campground which has nicely spaced sites. There are a number of hiking trails available from the campground and also a walk to the National Park visitor center, which is a place we always visit when we are at a National Park. We learn so much about the park: history, geography, flora, fauna.
It was rather funny to us as we pulled in to the campground to see another Escape 19 trailer pulled by another white Jeep Grand Cherokee. Its occupants, Don and Cheryl, were also at the Escape Trailer rally and were in a site adjacent to us there, so it was deja vu. They are from Mississippi and have traveled about 50,000 miles in their trailer, so they way exceeded our 19,000 miles. Of course, theirs is one year older ;-) so I guess we still have time to catch up with them.
We drove along the main road, Route 20, and stopped at many points along the road. We couldn't really see Ross Lake from the highway, but it must be at least 20 miles long. It is right next to Diablo Lake. There is a resort on Ross Lake that can only be reached by walking to it, so it is quite remote. We didn't have time to walk there this trip. We will save that for our next visit.
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.