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North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier September 28th 2009

Today we took the perfect hike (suggested by one of the long-time employees at Alta Crystal), through a variety of terrains (forest, meadow, tundra, barren rock) in perfect weather, with perfect views of Mt. Rainier and the incredible Emmons glacier on the east side of the mountain. So much gorgeousness, it’s hard to describe! The only downsides were a very narrow section of the trail with a sheer drop-off and shale like rock surface—Dave’s height issues kicked in; heck, even I had a few “issues”! And then we passed through so many meadow areas of dried out, dead wildflowers, which would have been spectacular a couple of months earlier. Oh well—gives us an excuse to make a return visit during wildflower season! We finished off the day, relaxing by the pool and enjoying a cioppino dinner, ... read more
Mt. Rainier and Emmons Glacier
At the high point of the trail
View up the valley

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier July 22nd 2009

July 20th Mt. Rainier National Park,Washington We got up from "boondocking" at Walmart and made our way to Mt. Rainier National Park. We spent about $40 at Walmart before we left so it wasn't really free camping for us! It took us longer than we anticiapted to get to Mt. Rainier than we thought which is becoming commonplace for us. They don't have a lot of road options in the west we've learned. What looks like a close trip on the map really isn't! We finally made it to Mt. Rainier. Believe it or not we had to sit at a construction flag for 30 minutes in the middle of nowhere on some mountain pass while they fixed the road.-It was worth the wait as Mt. Rainier was not a dissapointment. I think it is my ... read more
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...Continued There were few faces along the river. Many were leftover weekend-goers from the 4th of July festivities. Others were people, families and wayward souls living off the grid. They were stationed in the forest with their old dusty RVs, outdoor picnic benches setup as an all-in-one kitchen, dining room and den, and 4H petting zoos. One group tethered two goats where food scraps were tossed beside a carriage of horses that slashed their black wispy tails at flies in the shades. Off the grid and way off the grid. Once passing by we saw a tan dirty-blonde family of all ages caring for each animal while the baby-stroller sat near the fire, downwind and getting smoked out. Michael and I were geared up in our very own Explorer’s-Land: an ... read more
Life on the Moon
Bray's Kingdom
Full Moon Currents


I stood out in the Seattle streets. A summer day, one shrouded by clouds, cold gray ugly clouds spitting a crisp wind. I checked the time. 8:03 in the morning. Where was he? Why didn’t I wear more layers? Cursed weather! With this thought, I shivered at possible outcomes ahead if, and only if, the weather turned its brutality upon me. I was wearing pants, socks, two top layers and a beanie. But still cold prevailed as I watched the early morning city rumble and tumble. Grizzly trucks motored passed. Buses spewed passengers, fares and resources within poisonous exhaust. Cyclists pedaled furiously along the waterfront; panniers with work clothes, office binders and day-timers. Their iPhones strapped to their waists, headphones in their ears. The noise of this place. The ferry blaring its horn. I jumped, shook ... read more
MC Bray
Shot Heard Round the Canyon
Petrifying

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier September 12th 2008

Sometimes the best scenery is in your own backyard... I'm scheduled to depart for Australia and New Zealand on the 1st of October. My pit stop back in Seattle has been good... I had my third annual MRI (cancer free!) and got to experience one of the most beautiful hikes in the world... The Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier, which is only a 2-hour drive from my house. My hiking companion, Dave, had been wanting to hike the Wonderland Trail for many years. He is an experienced outdoorsman who knows all the backcountry survival skills that I lack. We completed the entire trail over 2 segments. After 4 and a half days of hiking during the first segment, a storm blew in, forcing us to reschedule the last segment for two weeks later. All in all, ... read more
Dave and Laura hiking the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier
Profile Map of the Wonderland Trail
Relief map of Mt. Rainier in the Ranger Station

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier August 24th 2008

AMERICAN AIRLINES LANDED US ON THE WEST COAST. WE THEN HEADED TO OUR FAVOURITE RENTAL CAR COMPANY, DID THE DEEDS AND THEN BEGAN TO MOTOR SOUTH EAST TO BAKERSFIELD, TO OUR DEAR REVY AND THE CHEVY. THIS LITTLE TRIP, WE GOT QUITE BRAVE AND DID MINUS OUR LITTLE BARB (GPS) AS WE FELT WE NOW KNOW THIS SIDE FROM LAST YEARS TRIPPING AROUND AND IT WAS TUCKED IN THE RV WAITING FOR US. ARRIVED IN BAKERSFIELD AND HEADED STRAIGHT TO THE STORAGE TO SEE HOW OUR USA HOME AND TRUCK HAD SURVIVED 7 MONTHS IN THE CALIFORNIAN SUN. ALL LOOKED PRETTY GOOD, EXCEPT SOME CHARMING BANDIT HAD STOLEN THE TAILGATE OFF THE CHEV. THANK GOODNESS WE TOOK OUT INSURANCE. WE THEN MADE OUR WAY TO THE WELL PRICED -SUPER 8 MOTEL, HEADED OUT TO THE RED ... read more
Modern windmills for alternatve energy is 'taking off'
Armchair ride for 2008 Mascot
West Coastal scenery Oregon

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier August 23rd 2008

Just got back from a camping trip to Mount Rainier with my parents, who had booked an extra camp site and Lauryn & I jumped at the opportunity to join them. We camped at Cougar Rock Campground, a typical car-camping spot, and in the morning we caught one of the frequent shuttles up to Paradise Inn and the Visitor's Center. There are a couple trails that lead out from the visitor's center and all are in great shape and nice and wide for hikers to easily traverse. We did the loop up to Panorama Point and the views of the mountain, the meadows, and South to the Cascade Range were all amazing. I've attached a number of photos, and look forward to our next opportunity to visit.... read more
My folks coming around the bend
Margaret & Butch
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North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier August 20th 2008

We crossed over the Idaho border and headed straight for Mt. Rainier. I have heard so much about this mountain and the northwest weather, so we prepared for the worst. Well, not exactly! We were planning on getting in a couple of hikes and then camping, but the rain and fog were so thick that it was almost impossible to see on the twisting and winding roads on the mountain. We did get a few hikes in, but with the weather being as wet as the great northwest can be, we decided to check in to a bread and breakfast instead. We found a great deal in a small town on the outskirts of the western entrance to the park in a town called Ashford. We had our own rooms which was a first, and a ... read more
On the path of the Great Patriarchs
These guys are huge!
The lobby at the Paradise Inn

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier August 11th 2008

It's been nearly one year to the day since we arrived in the Seattle area and we still hadn't made the time to go visit the mountain. The mountain I look at nearly every day, the mountain that symbolizes the northwest, the same mountain I used to reminisce about when I was away....yes, that mountain. At 14,410ft Mount Rainier dominates the Seattle sky-scape and when the weather is clear and the haze is low it appears suddenly on the horizon, so close you feel as though you can almost touch it. Still it has eluded out grasp, just beyond our reach, and on days when the mountain is out I look longingly to the south and think of the cool crisp air mountain air that would fill my lungs. And, believe it or not, we haven't ... read more
Nisqually River Valley
Alpine Meadow Wildflowers
Young Marmot

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier August 2nd 2008

Over the last few years, I have become increasingly more interested in traveling to places of natural beauty. As much as I love visiting cities and seeing incredible architecture, experiencing new cultures, and enjoying the wide range of eating options, there is something about the beauty of nature that pulls at my heartstrings in ways I cannot describe. Maybe it's the fresh mountain air, the vivid colors found only in the great outdoors, or the awe-inspiring views that force me to ponder the meaning of life. All I know is that some of my most enjoyable and memorable experiences have occurred while in the presence of an incredible landscape, a panoramic vista, or a lush countryside. As I slowly integrate into the world of outdoor experiences, I have begun to realize that here in Washington State, ... read more
The National Park Inn with Rainier in the background
Tall trees in Mount Rainier National Park
View from the "Trail of the Shadows" hike at Longmire




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