Category: National Parks

The Many Faces of Mt Rainier, or 4th of July Part 2

In the last post I told you of our 4th of July adventure at Mt Rainier National Park, which included a ridge hike at Sunrise and a forest hike through the Grove of the Patriarchs on the Ohanapecosh River.   I will complete the story…

Sunrise at Mt Rainier

Sunrise at Mt. Rainier but no need to get up early for I speak of the Sunrise side of the Mountain and not the time of day!  I hope you are not tired of Mt Rainier but the 4th of July proved a perfect time to visit…

Mt Rainier Up Close and Personal

Did you know there is a Paradise on earth?  Well yes, there is!  And it can be found at Mt Rainier National Park! After being teased by beautiful local views of the mountain we decide to take the drive to the National Park for an up close…

North Cascades Timed Right

October means fall and time to celebrate our anniversary.  We decide to head up to the North Cascades for a couple days while we have good weather before the big storm hits. Timing is everything. The first day we stop for lunch at a restaurant in the small town of Marblemount and enjoy the…

Most Popular US National Park – Surprised?

I know you can google it but why don’t you guess?  Of the 59 US National Parks, which one is the most popular based on number of annual visitors? My guess was Yellowstone National Park.  Established in 1872 and considered to be the world’s…

Mt Rainier on a summer day…

We don’t usually make the drive to Mt. Rainier on a sunny Saturday in the middle of summer.  But this past weekend that is exactly what we decided to do, heading from Renton through Enumclaw  to the Sunrise side of the mountain.  We didn’t…

Olympic National Park and Sequim Lavender Festival

Olympic National Park. Almost a million acres of preserved wilderness, old-growth temperate rain forests, glacier capped mountains and glacier carved lakes, wild rivers, the longest undeveloped coast in the contiguous United States.  Nearby Sequim, in the rain shadow of the Olympics. Self proclaimed “Lavender…

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