I recently had the pleasure of spending several days in Mt. Rainier National Park. What an incredible place! It was also the first opportunity I’ve had to use my brand new Senior Pass for entrance into National Parks – and you know, I was so excited! I left my little trailer back in Oregon in its “foster driveway” where it’s been well looked after by Mackenzie and her mom, Debbie, and just threw my tent and sleeping bag in the back of my car and headed north. I really didn’t expect to stay more than overnight, let alone three days, so I went unprepared, without enough food or clean (or even dirty!) clothes for more than a few days – otherwise I’d probably still be there.
The weather was fantastic – a little bit of low clouds the first day and then the brilliant blue sky came out… and stayed out! Mt. Rainier was gorgeous: the wildflowers were in bloom everywhere; the waterfalls were wonderful (there are over 150 waterfalls in the park alone!); the trails were calling my name; the birds and other critters were peeping and chirping (being bear country, and ever aware that there was only a thin piece of nylon between me and a big furry animal looking for dinner or a late-night snack, I made sure all my food items, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. were closed up tight in my car every night!*); the sound of the rivers running all night long made for perfect sleeping conditions; the cell towers were non-existent and to paraphrase an old cliché, the silence was very golden. And now, I can’t wait to go back!
Hope you enjoy the photos! There are lots more pics in the photo album – just click on the link at the end. I’ve also included some other links for park information if you’d like to know more about this amazing national park or just want to plan your own trip. Maybe we’ll meet up for hot chocolate over the campfire!
Yes, indeed, a few days in the mountains was exactly what I needed. I celebrated the one year anniversary of Dinah leaving Planet Earth along with Gracie Kitty’s unexpected leaving this past spring. There’s nothing quite like the mountains, along with wildflowers, creeks and rivers, to get a little perspective back into one’s life. I highly recommend it.
To see more photos of my trip to Mt. Rainier, CLICK HERE
*While I was at Mt. Rainier, there actually was a report from the ranger of a bear tearing into a tent up on Sunrise at the backcountry campsite area, going after the tube of toothpaste that someone thought was safe to leave inside the tent. Guess they won’t be doing that anymore!