Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The view from the other side of the mountain

Pam's Mount Rainier picures

While David and I were at Paradise, Pam and Hal were over on the other side of the mountain.

From Lake Tipsoo

From the Naches Peak trail

From the Crystal Mountain gondola

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The garden

David's garden

The one cherry has been eaten (by me), along with lots of raspberries, and two apples that fell of the tree a couple of weeks ago.  The red apples are nearly ready to eat, and the two pears are coming along nicely.

My garden

These are volunteer nasturtiums from years past.  They are everywere.

More Mount Rainier

David's Mount Rainier pictures

These were taken July 17, looking out over the Tatoosh Range, as a storm rolls in.

These were taken August 3 on the Nisqually Vista trail


This shows the famous "crop circle" on top of Mount Rainier.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Visit to Mount Rainier

There was a long line at the entrance (Paradise side), but with our National Park senior pass, we got to go right in.  Parking, on the other hand, was ghastly.  One hundred years ago last weekend there were only 800 visitors to Mt. Rainier, and 147 cars.  This year it was more like a million.  Well, a lot, anyway.

We took the Nisqually Vista Trail, a short loop out to look at Nisqually Glacier.  It has certainly changed in the forty years since the first time I saw it.  

The meadows are in full bloom, and it's wonderful to see how they've grown back over the years.  Here are some of what's in bloom, with what I hope are correct identifications.

Magenta paintbrush
Sitka valerian

Broadleaf arnica

I never get tired of taking pictures of the mountain.


And we finished off with a really good lunch at Longmire.