I've blogged about hiking to the Cascades before, but it was about 7 years ago. We were overdue for a visit. It's always much cooler there. We left at around 6:30 in the morning to get an early start.
Aside from the crash down the steps, it was a fun hike. Afterwards, we took a massive detour to go to the Beckley Coal Mine Expedition. I had fond memories of a visit there with my cousins when I was a kid. Here are the boys getting ready to ride down into the mine.