Gotcha. And the thing I appreciate the most is your skilled eye at capturing that beauty - something you do very well indeed.
As far as visual impact goes, I believe your beloved Cascade peaks are close to Himalayan scale. What I mean is this: From what I understand, Everest Base Camp is around 17,500 feet. Everest's summit is 29,028 feet. So it's only (!?) around 11,500 vertical feet from EBC to the summit. Sure - when you get there it's 29,000 feet, WAAY bigger than any other peak in the world, including the Cascades. But the vertical rise from base camp is not that much larger than the vertical rise from the surroundings to some of the high Cascades.
I'm glad you live in such a beautiful area, have the skill to capture it so well, and are willing to share your photos.
"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and diffrent sun."