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. […]
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 […]
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.
The night was a rocky one for me. Thunderstorms battered the area with winds knocking my car around and lightning fracturing the sky. I was quite literally in the middle of the storm. I can only best describe it as a sight to be seen but not slept through. So, being awake considerably earlier than usual, I was first in line to get up to Clingman’s Dome. But with the storms from the night prior, many threatening looking clouds lingered […]