On the hottest day of the year we took a drive to our favorite local attraction – the big mountain two hours south!
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as we drove the back roads to Paradise, the mountain calling us all the way there.
As we entered the park the trees got bigger and we rolled down the windows to let the fragrance in, calming and delicious.
As we wound our way to the top, we stopped by Narada Falls, which tumbled from above, under the bridge and far below us.
There was a lot of snow on the trail to the lower viewpoint and we weren’t equipped for that – though some were and you can see them near the bottom.
We continued up, enjoying views of the jagged peaks of the Tatoosh Range along the way.
A short while later we arrived at the Paradise Visitor Center where we had close up views of the mountain. From here hikers can head up to Camp Muir where mountain climbers spend the night before making the technical climb to the summit. (Not us.)
After lunch and a few pictures we headed back down the mountain. We passed by the road to Reflection Lakes – still closed – but here’s a picture from our trip last year just so you know.
We continued on down the scenic highway stopping for more waterfalls – Comet Falls on one side
Christine Falls on the other.
It was a wonderful day on the mountain made even better with a stop by Copper Creek Lodge just outside the park, built in 1919 and famous for its blackberry pie. I don’t normally take pictures of my food (honest) but I really had to show you this. It tasted every bit as good as it looks!
Is your mouth watering? 🙂