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Diablo Lake & North Cascades Mountains in a Porsche Boxster S & BMW X3

I enjoyed the tight curves slotting the Bimmer in paddle shifts and tried not to use the brakes as much as possible on the twisty roads, it was ridiculously fun and the B58 never ceases to shock me with it’s potential.

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March 16th, 2024.

The weather out here is still cold, rainy, and mostly damp due to the rains. As we are approaching spring, the weather suddenly changes in between and becomes sunny and glorious. Entire Washington waits for this phenomenon because when it turns sunny, it literally feels like heaven as due to rains the trees and bushes become lush green and the sun's ray falls giving it a gloss and sheen that is indescribable and cannot be captured by pictures and has to be experienced in person.

Last weekend, was a couple of such days. Sunny and Warm around 10C. My wife’s cousin was visiting us from Austin and having spent a brief time earlier in Seattle, he loves this place. He wanted to spend a day in the mountains so we did exactly that.

I always run by a drive idea with BHPian Crackhead who is as keen as me for drives into the mountains. He immediately agreed and a plan was formed out of thin air.

Two families (BHPian-Crackhead joined us in his beautiful Porsche Boxter) in two performance cars to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and a fabulous lunch was the simple plan for the day.

Left home leisurely at 10:30 am and decided to take the mountain pass route throughout skipping the freeway which was about 1/3rd of the distance. We kept stopping en route whenever there were beautiful vistas and finally reached one of the most visited & gorgeous lakes in Washington- Diablo Lake which is up in the North Cascades Mountains and National Park. We normally visit this area at least 3-times a year (Spring, Fall & Winter) as each season looks completely different and always breathtaking.

Driving on the mountain roads was rewarding and they were begging to be tamed as it was curvy with beautiful smaller lakes on the sides and gorgeous vistas throughout the route. Porsche chased the Bimmer and then Bimmer chased the Porsche. I enjoyed the tight curves slotting the Bimmer in paddle shifts and tried not to use the brakes as much as possible on the twisty roads, it was ridiculously fun and the B58 never ceases to shock me with its potential.

Last winter was dismal as we didn’t get much snow otherwise this entire route and the mountains would be fully snowcapped, at least until May.

We did a short hike for the dam view and then at the main point which is Diablo Lake Vista Point. Spent an hour or so soaking in the beautiful vistas and then took a U-turn from that point back towards home.

En route, stopped at a quaint restaurant on the way back and enjoyed some good food-burgers, pizza, and Mac & cheese before heading back home by 6:00 pm after covering around 240 miles (380kms) in a total time of 6.5 hours.

Enjoy the pictures and videos. Cheers to Diablo Lake & Pacific North-West !!!

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