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26 Jul 2017

The wildflowers have exploded at Mount Rainier

For this past adventure, Christine led me to Mount Rainier National Park.

She had learned from a co-worker that now is the time to visit Berkeley Park for wildflowers. So that’s just what we did. Waking up at 5AM is a bit rough but we wanted to beat the crowds. And thankfully we did. Only a handful of cars were at the Visitor Center by the time we arrived. Even from the parking lot the park was showing its stuff.

The mountain itself is always impressive (even from our West Seattle apartment) but to see Rainier this close is really something special. As we followed the trail on our flower seeking trek the glacier capped peak loomed overhead. Shortly after starting the hike though, our attention was pulled away from the mountain and towards the ground.

As far as the eye can see at some points, flowers filled the ground all the way to the horizon.

We followed the trail down the valley for roughly 3.5 miles until we decided to head back. Dark clouds were starting to form around Rainier and we didn’t want to get stuck in any late afternoon showers.

This is an easy hike for flower seekers and the mountain views are an added bonus. (more…)

18 Jul 2017

Now presenting the gorgeous Lake 22!

Christine and I decided to check out the mysteriously named Lake 22 this weekend.

The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. Well sort of. The hike itself is generally pretty straightforward but incredibly rocky. Tricky footing and pointy rocks left our feet in need of a serious break by the time we reached our destination.

The views were stunning. Photos make this place look small but the lake is huge and deep with crystal clear waters. You can easily see to the bottom, some 20 feet down (probably more). And the lake itself is surrounded by a gentle path that takes you right up to the base of the surrounding mountains. We stopped a few times to rest our feet and also explore the snowy fields under the cliffs.

Not a bad place to explore for an afternoon if you ask me! (more…)

13 Jul 2017
02 Jul 2017

Visited Mount St Helens for the first time!

This place is amazing. We timed our visit out perfectly and got an awesome wildflower show.

On our visit yesterday we hiked out towards Harry’s Ridge, named for an old man who refused to leave his home when the volcano exploded 37 years ago. Christine and I made it just a little over 2 miles in before we turned back to catch the sunset at Loowit Viewpoint. (more…)