Releasing our inner ar-tists, can you tell which ones are mine and which ones are Cary's?
Showing posts from July, 2014
Our "instead of Rainier" plans were greatly shaped by the weather throughout Washington this past weekend, lots of rain, some snow, and a few forest fires made most areas a poor choice for a visit. We deciced on a small area of national forest north of Cle Elum that was snow free, fire free, and had only 30-40% chance of rain. If this area sounds familiar, its because we've visited this spot once before for quite the adventure at Sasse Ridge. Our first day of hiking up to Tuck lake was relatively uneventful, as we soaked in gorgeous summer views of the lakes and surrounding valleys. Our second day however, we were confronted with an impassible river crossing, and ended up bushwhacking across the valley to another trail. The group of hikers who happened to be passing through as we rejoined the trail must have been shocked and confused by the four of us bursting out of the shrubbery, out of breath and covered in branches :)
Just got some good news and some bad news from Cary about our upcoming trip to Rainier. The good news is that we've got a whole three day weekend off work to spend time outside and relax. The bad news is that we won't be doing that relaxing on Rainier. Although we've had gorgeous weather for almost the past 3 weeks, this weekend on Rainier will be full of rain and snow, making visibility super low, and crossing crevasses very dangerous. Instead, we'll be brainstorming other fun things for this weekend, and putting Rainier on hold until conditions are safer. Boooooo for planning things way in advance and having Washington weather get crazy at the last second.
Yesterday I hiked to Panorama Point with a few pals. This super popular trail in Rainier National Park is actually the first 2 miles of what we'll be doing up to Camp Muir next weekend, and was an awesome taste of what the full hike will be like (beaauuuutiful!). I had no idea that Rainier was so full of alpine meadows and tiny waterfalls, so different from the areas surrounding the other volcanoes we've done. The super warm weather combined with the large amounts of snow on the trail made this hike like one big playground, so fun!!
Cary and I celebrated July 4th by hiking the south climb route up Mt. Adams. The total trip is 12 miles and 6700 ft of elevation gain, but I decided to hang out with the ladies and sunbathe at lunch counter (where we camped for the night) instead of summiting. Cary powered through the whole route like a champ, but was greeted by views of the inside of a cloud instead of panoramic views at the top.