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North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier August 21st 2018

For breakfast we went to a Russian pastry shop, which we had spotted yesterday. They had a massive variety of savoury and sweet pastries, which did not disappoint. Whilst I was extremely tempted by the sweet pastries, we felt obliged to go for savoury given that it was breakfast. It was our plan to head to Mount Rainier today and despite the weather being even more overcast and smoggy than it had been previously, we decided to stick with our plan. My wife was driving and, after my nightmare yesterday, I had warned her about the circuitous route required to get out of Seattle. We turned a couple of corners and took a slip road on to the Alaskan Way viaduct and headed south. It was easy. I was annoyed. Well we thought we were heading ... read more
Bench Lake

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier July 15th 2018

8/3 The Alexander’s Lodge and Inn included breakfast (7am to 9:30am) we chose the 7am to get on the mountain early. The breakfast was all self serve. Coffee, tea, and apple juice were at a table station. You help yourself to bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and cooked potatoes in steamer trays. Yogurt, hard boiled eggs, a waffle maker, bagels, toast and English muffins were also available but there was no visible staff. There was plenty to eat but not the quality I had expected thinking we would be at an inn with a restaurant, a chef would be on staff here. It turns out it was not that kind of inn. This breakfast was no different than a major motel chain breakfast. We left Alexander Lodge around 8:15am for Mount Rainier National Park entering from the ... read more
Paradise River flows into Narada Falls
Wildflowers line the path to Myrtle Falls
Myrtle Falls

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier July 13th 2018

8/4 Equipment malfunction at the Ashford Alexander’s Lodge this morning so the “major motel chain style breakfast” of eggs and bacon etc was replaced with crappy breads. There were little cartons of milk in the fridge but no cereals. At least there were some bananas, fresh oranges and old apples. All this with loud country music. I am wondering if the “equipment malfunction” had anything to do with an overload of air conditioners last night. The best I can say for this rustic lodge with its tiny sometimes hot sometimes cold shower is that it was one of the closest (5 miles) to the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park although, as we drove towards the park entrance we saw other (probably) better options. They did have 2 plug ins for electric cars so there was ... read more
Reflection Lake, Mt Rainier
Grove of the Patriarchs
Bridge over Ohanapecosh River in the Grove of the Patriarchs

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier July 12th 2018

8/2 On our last morning in Hood River, Debbie made a breakfast of French toast accompanied by real maple syrup. Homemade blueberry and strawberry sauces were set on the table along with a bowl of scrambled eggs and a plate of chicken sausage. As we left, our host Don kindly gave us a large bag of fresh picked, not organic but delicious, Hood River cherries for our next journey. Once again we were dissuaded on going somewhere, this time to The Dalles and again I am glad I didn’t listen. By 9:30am we were driving east on 84 to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center following the Columbia River all the way. The wide open desert like landscape was in contrast to the heavily treed region along route 30, but a welcoming sight to me since I ... read more
Outside the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Museum
Curving black marble inlay represents the Columbia River
Historic Route 30 along the Columbia River

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier October 15th 2014

According to MapQuest, the drive from Pasco WA to Randle WA would be just over 170 miles and just over 3 hours. It was raining when I awoke but weather.com predicted the rain would end about 9 AM so I took my dear sweet time preparing for departure and, even though I took advantage of some photo ops along the way, arrived at Shady Firs RV Park early afternoon. The park has lots of permanent/long term residents housed in the rear of the facility and a small RV park near the entrance. The park (and the laundry room) is clean, and the rate, which includes cable TV and Wi Fi, is very reasonable – particularly after the Passport America discount. I really had only two main attractions on my agenda for the week – Mount Saint ... read more
There Are Lots Of Glacial Valleys In This Zip Code
There Is Virtually No Room To Pull Off The Road On FR 25
8:27 AM – A Bulging Mount Saint Helens

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier September 15th 2014

Die letzten Tage war Wandern am Mt. Rainier angesagt. Mt. Rainier steht zwar mitten in den Cascade Mountains und sollte daher eigentlich ein Berg unter vielen anderen sein; aber er ist vulkanischen Ursprungs, und so steht dort immer ein riesiger, 4.400 m hoher Kloben heraus. Man sieht ihn sogar von der Küste aus als großen eisbedeckten Monolithen herumstehen. Am ersten Tag haben wir eine Wanderung zu 7 verschiedenen subalpinen Seen gemacht. Mt. Rainier hat sich hier mal im Hintergrund gehalten, aber die Wiesen und Seen waren auch so einfach schön. Das fand wohl auch Familie Schwarzbär (Mutter und Kind), die auf einer Wiese unterwegs waren. Wir konnten sie eine Weile unbemerkt beobachten. Unsere Strategie mussten wir erst ändern, als sie sich in Richtung unseres Weges bewegt haben - vor uns lag der Weg im schlecht einsehbaren ... read more
Chipmunk von seiner Schokoladenseite
Es blueht auch noch im September
Bergidylle zu Fuessen des Berges

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier August 3rd 2014

Much as we would like to stay in Seattle, this is a road trip and it is time to move on. Our next stop is Yakima,a town we had picked not for its own merits but because it is in the heart of Washington wine country. Our first doubts about Yakima arose as we chatted about our plans with the immigration official. 'Yakima??? What on earth do you want to go there for?' he asked, a question that was asked again the next day by our host. Up early to try to get to Mount Rainier National Park before all the car parks filled up - a Sunday in August being pretty much the busiest time we could have picked. Rainer is a 14,500 high volcano, covered in glaciers which radiate out from all sides. It's ... read more
Hannah knocks a bottle of coke into the air
Mt Rainier, snow cover in the high meadows at 7000 ft
Alpine meadows, on the flank of Mt Rainier

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier July 26th 2014

Todays adventure was heading south to Mt Rainier - a sleepy volcano about 70 miles south of Seattle. We went far enough into the park to get a great view of the snow covered mountain peak and then headed back out of the park to catch our train trip and BBQ on the Mt Rainier Scenic RR. Beautiful sunny day with just enough breeze. The RR trip was a bit different than the one we took with them 10 years ago ending at a different spot with food, music, some train engines and other units to walk around, and a mock up of a logging camp. Boys topped the day with swimming in the pool.... read more
Mt Rainier National Park
Mt Rainier National Park
Mt. Rainier

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier September 23rd 2013

Today we thought we saw the sun trying to peek out, so we headed for Mt. Rainier, about 50 miles away. Even before we entered the park, we drove for miles through old growth forests of Douglas Fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock. The trees were huge, over 100 feet tall. As we entered the park, the road cut a narrow tunnel through the trees as we ascended the mountain. With overcast skies and mist rising from below, it was very eerie. There were no breathtaking panoramic views to be had today, but the park was, nevertheless, breathtaking. At our first stop, I couldn’t believe the huge rocks and fallen trees in the riverbed of the Nisqually River. This is a glacial river fed by Mt. Rainier’s glaciers as well as by snowmelt and heavy ... read more
Old Growth Forest
A Douglas Fir That Sprouted in 1293
Nisqually River

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier August 14th 2013

Up early this morning as we wanted to visit Mt Rainier National Park. It is around a 2 hour drive out of Seattle with plenty of stunning scenery along the drive. On the way we checked out crystal mountain resort. Of course no snow there at the moment but it is a picturesque drive and I imagine its is very busy during the ski season. Stopped by at the Silver Creek Guard Station and had a chat with the park ranger. I love chatting to the rangers their lives are so interesting and very basic. I think they know the secret to a happy life - get out of the city and spend your life with nature!! We drove along Mather memorial Parkway looking for spots to get photos of her majesty - Mt Rainier. There ... read more
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