Sunday, September 9, 2007

Weekend at Mt. Rainier

Being that it's already September, and knowing that summer won't be sticking around the Northwest too much longer, Will and I decided to escape for what would probably be our last camping trip for the season.

After work on Friday, we loaded our car up and headed towards our local volcano, Mt. Rainier, a signature landmark here in Seattle.
Mt. Rainier, is seriously one of the HUGEST mountains I've ever seen in my lifetime. You can see this thing from practically anywhere you go in the state of Washington.

Will on top of a ridge we hiked up to. Behind him you an see the rest of the Cascade Mountain range including Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuskin, Mt. Pilchuck and Three fingered Jack.

(In your best Julie Andrews voice) "The hills are alive...with the sound of..."

I actually did break out into a silly version of that song when we got up to this point - it just reminded me too much of that opening sequence from The Sound of Music.

Hey, that's not Julie Andrews. But that is a picture of me with a wildflower in my hair, after being told by Will that there were signs eveywhere asking people to not pick the wildflowers.

So I made Will take a quick picture before I put the flower back so the forest ranger wouldn't see the evidence.

Doesn't Will's backpack straps sort of look like lederhosen? (again, still singing songs from The Sound of Music in my head)

le·der·ho·sen – plural noun
leather shorts, usually with suspenders, worn esp. in Bavaria.

Will and I stopping at one of the viewpoints before heading up to the trailheads

Here's a video of our unique campfire

We got up at 5:30am Saturday morning to watch the sunrise on Mt. Rainier. I mostly slept in the car while Will pounced around out in the 30 degree weather like a little kid on Christmas morning. Here are some a few of his shots he got.

The Moon and Venus
In the car, going up to Mt. Rainier

And I just had to include this picture we took of this little Sherriff's office in this tiny little town before we got to our campground. You just don't see olden-days sherriff depots like this anywhere. I thought it was cute anyway.


Andy and Brandie said...

Wow your trip looks great and like alot of fun. We are going camping for thanksgiving and we can hardly wait. Your pictures are beautiful.

kate durtschi said...

Thank you so much for your comment. We LOVED your musical number!! I've been reading through your blog and it's so much fun! I'm bummed that you're moving at the end of this month...we need to get to know you guys better! Let's get together sometime soon.