Sedro-Woolley, WA Mount Baker is an active stratovolcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. It has the second-most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount Saint Helens. It comes as a surprise, then to learn that, after Mount Rainier, Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade Range volcanoes and is one of the snowiest places in the world. In 1999, Mount Baker set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season — 1,140". We naively expected to do some hiking up at Mount Baker today and take pictures of alpine meadows filled with wild flowers. It was not until we got up there that we found out the road to Artist's Point had just been opened yesterday. The parking lot has huge amounts of snow. In fact, the rangers said it probably will not all melt before winter comes again. The drive up and the whole area were beautiful beyond description. It was a clear day with no wind so it was very comfortable exploring without heavy coats. Naturally we made snowballs like everyone else. As the snow melts, it creates a plentiful number of waterfalls. Everything is very green; the air is crisp and clear. It was magnificent. Upon our return to the lower levels, we found the Skagit Valley Burger Express. It is a railroad caboose that has been remade. There is a drive up window on each side of the car. The burgers are excellent but they could do better with their signs. One really has to be looking for this place to find it!