Monday, August 23, 2010

Staying Cool at Mount Rainier

A week ago yesterday, the sun was shining when we got up, so we hopped in the car and drove up to Mount Rainier. Much to our surprise, that particular Sunday was a free entrance day, so we were not alone!

We decided to go to Paradise and hike up to the point on the trail where you can see several other mountains as well as Mount Rainier.

In one direction you can see Mount Adams and in another Mount Saint Helens. The latter used to have a beautiful peaked top that disappeared during the eruption in 1980.
Mt. St. Helens
Serious hikers aim to reach the summit, but that takes special training and the right gear. The little specks in the snow on this photo are actually brave souls that appear to be skiing!

The wildflowers were blooming and were beautiful. The mosquitoes and horseflies were persistent, but we had a great trip. Only after returning home did we learn that our younger daughter and husband spent the whole weekend on the mountain! Wouldn't we have been surprised to run into them?


Deborah said...

Beautiful pictures. looks like all had a great day.

Dee said...

Sounds like a wonderful day on the mountain!

Linda said...

Your pictures are amazing...and what a sky!!!

Love your header BTW (you know I have a fondness for hydrangeas - they would be lovely pressed!)

Kathy... said...

Gorgeous! Exactly how my hubby and I like to spend our free time! I've seen Mt. Rainier, but not up close and personal. Perhaps someday.....

Plays with Needles said...

I am continuously amazed at how beautiful the area is where you live. I would be in heaven on earth. Thanks for sharing the trip. I love that.