These are from a few weeks ago, when it was still warm down in the valley but chilly up in the mountains.
There’s no appropriate way to segue back to vacation recaps, so let’s just go for it.
Sunrise Visitor Center is the highest point on Mount Rainier that can be reached by vehicle – 6,400 feet at the parking lot. One of our family friends was working at the gift shop this summer, so we visited her for lunch.
Since the sky was clear – rare for Rainier, we were to discover – we decided to take a short mid-day hike. (Full disclosure, we decided on a 5.6 mile loop with a 1,200 foot elevation gain.)
Halfway up, we stopped with some other hikers to watch a bear and a coyote in the valley. Despite my urging, they did not meet up and start to brawl. (No photos, because they were no more than moving specks from our height.)
After researching the history and naming of this area, I realize that the story I’ve been telling everyone is completely wrong. Instead of repeating inaccuracies here, let’s just look at some pretty pretty sights.
We lucked out big-time as far as weather was concerned – sunshine and clear skies almost every day. Because it was so beautiful, we started the day at the Space Needle, getting our bearings. Then we took a shuttle to the Public Market, and walked back down the coast. I’m not a big fan of cities, but Seattle was pretty sweet – they have a lot of intentional green space, and the public sculptures were a great touch.
Here are a few quick scenes from the city.