27 July 2010

Living near Paradise

Although Seattle is predominately known for its rain, most people do not stop to think about the positive force it has in shaping our landscapes. Paradise up at Mt. Rainier for example is the textbook example of why do not mind the wet stuff around here. The glacial melt, snow and rain combine to create the green, the meadows, and fresh clean air.

Standing at roughly 14,000 feet Mt. Rainier is deceivingly close in appearance when hiking around.

The sunny, clear day gave us view of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.

Marmots rule the area and in case you forget they will remind you with their high pitch shrill.

There was a fair amount of snow still on the trail, but plenty of footprints and signs show the way.

No matter the age, men like to climb whatever they can.

Mt. Rainier peeks out while on the Skyline Trail.

One of the two most notable events of the trip were we saw a fox and more importantly reconnected with an old friend from high school.

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