Since I couldn't go anywhere in low range, I decided to just explore a few of the roads out there, scout some other camping areas, and explore Roslyn.
I hiked around the campsite area and found some interesting mushrooms (cartoonishly large) and this path:
It's actually the decomposed carcass of a felled tree. It looks like a berm of dirt with some wood chips on top. I wonder how long it took to get to this state. 50 years?
I headed North on FR4330 to the trailheads at the edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Pretty cool, some more potential campsites. I headed South and then out to Cooper Lake. There's a walk-in campsite there right on the water. Back to Salmon la Sac to air up.
This building has an interesting story:
In the early part of the 20th century, the timber company in the area wanted to bring railroad out here. For some reason the French government was involved in the funding. The first thing they built was this building to be a depot. Well, shortly after, WWI started and the French withdrew their funding, so rails never made it out here.
From here I headed back into Roslyn.
Roslyn is better known as Cicely, AK from the show Northern Exposure. In fact, the set of "AM 57, KBHR, The Voice of the Last Frontier" is intact in the corner of the building on the NE corner of 1st and Pennsylvania. This building, besides being a set for the show, was formerly the company store for the "Northwest Improvement Company" which was the name of the coal mining division of the Northern Pacific Railway around the turn of the 20th century. Roslyn was a coal town.
Caddycorner to this building is "The Brick" tavern, the oldest continually operated in WA, which features a running water spitoon (gross...).
Just West of there is a little park with some mining artifacts,
including this badass saw:
It's about 12 feet long and was used to undercut the block of coal intended to be blasted.
Across the street was Roslyn Brewing Co. who had no food, but some pretty solid craft ales and lagers.
Along Pennsylvania Ave are quite a few original buildings, many with the false front architecture popular in that time.
And this cool totem pole:
Around the corner is this building:
The left side used to be City Hall, the right side the Library, and in the basement was the Fire Department. The FD is now next door and the Library is now a bead shop
After seeing what there was to see here, I headed back to Seattle. Now to fix that stupid shifter pivot...