On Sunday, June 24, 2012, we drove up the hill to Lake Stevens, the length of Washington State Route 204. I feel like I should be going for a hike...
State route No. 204:
A state highway to be known as state route number 204 is established as follows:
Beginning at a junction with state route number 2 in the vicinity east of Everett, thence northeasterly to a junction with state route number 9.
So here, at a stop sign beneath US 2, SR 204 begins. If you're coming from Everett, you don't see this part, but fly over and up the hill.
We leave the Snohomish River valley behind, chug chug chugging up the hill to highway speed. After a mile or so, we reach the halfway point, photographed above by my lovely wife, as usual.
Another mile later, stoplights. Welcome to the western edge of Lake Stevens. More stoplights. The junction with SR 9. SR 204 is at end end, so soon so soon. Back before SR 204 was created in 1964, this route was part of SSH 15A, which turned left here, then a right onto what's now SR 92, to get to Granite Falls, which is the road to the Mountain Loop Highway, which has the hikes that make me come this way usually.
But not today. Too late in the afternoon. Wrong assortment of persons in the vehicle. In a month or so, I should return...