I’m lucky to have Mt. Rainier National Park in my backyard – close enough to make a day trip whenever the mood strikes. Yesterday it did and we headed south to Ohanapecosh.
The Ohanapecosh River is perhaps the most beautiful river in the park, originating from the meltwaters of the Ohanapecosh Glacier on the southeastern slopes of Mount Rainier.
Here we stopped at the campground for lunch and to revel in its glorious color,
and to watch the young and the brave jump into its cool waters.
Afterwards we went to the Grove of the Patriarchs for a look at some of the largest and oldest trees in the park. The trail down to the river was easy, then we crossed the wobbly suspension bridge one by one.
Fortunately the crowds stayed by the river while we went ahead mostly alone, into the solitude of the Grove of the Patriarchs, one of the nation’s outstanding examples of old growth giants.
We walked almost with reverence among giant Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar, some a thousand years old, reaching heights of 200 ft.
After resting under the canopy of the old trees, we made the trek back to the top; and there was still time to visit the Mountain at Sunrise,
where we found another idyllic place for a picnic
joined by this cutie.
And then we called it a day.