Synopses & Reviews
Each year thousands of drivers travel Washington State's breathtakingly beautiful North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), observing the region's alpine flora and fauna and its dramatic geologic features. The North Cascades Highway
, an illustrated natural history guide, helps travelers and readers to appreciate the deeper beauty behind the landscape.
Organized as a series of stops at eye-catching sites along eighty miles of the highway, The North Cascades Highway reveals the geological story of each location. Plate tectonics, rock formation, erosion, and glaciation are explored to show how the existing features of the North Cascades landscape came into being. The book describes how miners, climbers, and poets have been inspired by the geology and terrain of the North Cascades.
For travelers on the road, the easy-to-use guidebook format includes mileage, parking information, and detailed maps. Stunning color photographs allow armchair travelers to enjoy the journey as well. Appendices provide detailed information on geologic time, rock types, glaciers, and the geologists who have decoded stories hidden in rock and ice.
The North Cascades Highway provides a unique experience of a striking landscape that is also a rich, interwoven system of living things, climate, and geology.
Jack McLeod teaches physical, earth, environmental, and space sciences at Cascade High School in Everett, Washington, and has served as Science Coordinator for the Everett School District.
"The North Cascades Highway has outstanding photos and informative text that effectively deals with technical material in a nontechnical way." ÐRuth Kirk, coauthor of Archaeology in Washington
"A beautifully photographed guide to the history, geology and notable spots along the spectacular highway through the North Cascades." -Seattle Times
"His ruminations are brief but wide-ranging enough to spur curiosity and tempt the reader to do more exploration, whether in books or on foot. The North Cascades Highway should awaken a new perspective and remind us...what a privilege it is to have such ready access to such rugged mountain." - Marcy Stamper, Methow Valley News
"This guide tracks the North Cascades Highway mile by mile, offering explanations, illustrations, history, maps and some beautiful photography. This book was obviously a labor of love for McLeod." -Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, December 2013
"There is so much to see and learn along the North Cascades Highway. But as you drive along at 60 mpg, just what do you look for and where do you look for it? Author Jack McLeod can tell you . . . For McLeod, the guidebook is a compilation of his passions. Passions he hopes to sir in others." -Vince Richardson, Skagit Valley Herald, February 2014