Ancient Trees and Snakes

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The PNW heat wave was back. Again. Faced with that, we left on Friday morning in hopes of it being at least a few degrees cooler in the mountains. We hadn’t been to Ohanapecosh in I think two years, so we decided to stop before it got busy. The trailhead for Grove of the Patriarchs […]

Night Skies at Rainier

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When you are looking for a new experience, go up high – as the sun sets. Kirk and I had talked about this for years, that we’d go do it. It was so hot down low (as non-typical summer continues on….) and we left town at 7:30 pm in 90+ temps. We made it to […]

Shadow Lake Loop Trail

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I’ve spent a lot of trail miles the past few years hiking and re-hiking a few certain trails, that I know well, are kid-friendly and please my senses. Shadow Lake Loop Trail at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park is one of those. It is easy on the eyes, to say the least. I know […]

Wildflowers Framing Mount Rainier

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I wasn’t planning on being here, originally Kirk and I loaded up the van and went up to the mountains and around Eastern Washington to explore new places. It was too hot to get out much – heck it is still too hot here in Western Washington. When we topped out at 106* near Naches, […]

A Day Around Tahoma

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If one wants solid advice, follow this sign. Living in the (Pacific) North (West) can be a good thing….. With a foggy/cloudy weekend, Kirk and I took our usually-every-year drive around Mt. Rainier. One sees a lot more when they don’t see the mountain I have found – and I am OK with not seeing […]