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Mt. Rainier Vacation Day 3

This is my third and final post of my time at Mt. Rainier, and another picture heavy post.  For day one, click hereFor day two, click here.

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Reflection Lake and Narada Falls are two of those natural beauties that can be enjoyed by simply pulling into a turnout when taking a scenic drive, and stretching your legs a bit.

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On this day, the weather was wonderful, but there were clouds blocking the view of Mt. Rainier.

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Nevertheless, the lake was serene and full of fall color.

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This guy was the main attraction for guests.

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Narada Falls is one gorgeous place!  

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If you take the time to hike the trail, you can watch the water fall 168 feet!

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Early morning at the lodge…the sun has not penetrated the woods yet, but sunrise on the mountain is very pretty!

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Hubby and I drove back to Reflection Lake.  The mountain was out!

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However, the sun hadn’t warmed up the lake yet.  You can see frost and ice!

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It is October after all.  The mornings and nights are cold, and the days are shorter.  But the days are filled with azure blue skies and autumn color!

Our last hike was on the Snow Lake Trail.

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Mt. Rainier

The sun was warming some areas of the trail.

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Other areas were still frosty from a chilly night.

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Once up on a ridge, we could see the mountain.

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Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

After that refreshing early morning hike, we took our last look at Mt. Rainier and headed home.

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Mt. Rainier Vacation Day 2

This is day two of my time at Mt. Rainier, and another picture heavy post.  For day one, click here.

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When driving through Mt. Rainier National Park, one can stop and enjoy many roadside natural beauty areas without having to hike any great distance.

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This waterfall is one of them.  I wish I could remember which waterfall this is, but there are quite a few.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

You can see how close to the road Hubby is.  So if your legs are tired of hiking, simply take a drive and occasionally stretch your legs at one of the beautiful turnouts.

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If you are up for a more challenging hike, there are lots to choose from.  Hubby and I decided on the Rampart Ridge Trail.  It is easily found from the lodge we stayed at…no driving to the trailhead.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

There is a lot of switchback hiking up to the ridge.

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The next photo doesn’t seem like much until one realizes just how high one has come. Way below is the lodge that we began our hiking from.

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Mt. Rainier

Once up on the ridge, the view opens up to reveal Mt. Rainier.

Mt. Rainier

Upon descending the loop trail, the terrain is wetter and the forest floor changes.

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Mt. Rainier

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Mt. Rainier

Many of the trees are majestic giants.

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Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Yours Truly enjoying her foray in the woods.

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Mt. Rainier Vacation

I had a vacation from work, so Hubby and I packed up and visited the kids.  I got a much needed family fix!

We also went to one of our favorite places to spend a vacation…Mt. Rainier.  You can see a few photos from previous trips by clicking here and here.

This time, I am going to share a lot of photos, so this will be a picture heavy post.  In fact, the next couple of blog posts will be picture heavy.   My good camera bit the dust some time ago, and has never been replaced, but the pocket camera does a decent job.

There is no internet/cell service at Mt. Rainier, but visiting in October is well worth the disconnect from the rest of the world!

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In the past, Hubby and I have camped with a tent, but on this trip we stayed at the lodge in Longmire.

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Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

The mountain was out!  This is the view when standing in front of the lodge.  As you can see, the weather was great!

We drove up to Paradise and spent time hiking up there.  One can spend days at Paradise as there are several trails to choose from.

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Mt. Rainier

Yours Truly hiking at Paradise.

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Myrtle Falls

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The weather is quite changeable.  A snowstorm breezed through on the mountain while we were hiking. 

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Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Yes, the mornings were quite cool, but the fall color and majesty of the park are well worth the visit!

Mima Mounds

Hubby and I had the opportunity to visit with our kids and grandkids for the Independence holiday.

We had a fantastic time!

Mima Mounds July 2018

One of my favorite things we did was to visit the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.  I found it to be a wonderful place when one is in need of  serenity and a gentle hike.

The Mima Mounds are a mystery.  There are many theories, but its formation remains unknown.

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

There are prairie flowers, lichen, butterflies and birds to enjoy.  Spring would be a great time to see wildflowers in bloom, but anytime is lovely for a peaceful stroll.

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

For more information, click here and here.

More Vacation – Dungeness Wildlife Recreation Area and Refuge

I am back to the day job, but behind in posting vacation pictures. 

How would you like to take a late afternoon stroll here?

Dungeness

We are strolling along the bluffs.

Dungeness

It is a long way down!

Dungeness

A beautiful sunset in a magical place!

Dungeness

When the kids were young, we enjoyed camping at Dungeness Wildlife Recreation Area and Refuge.  This evening, we simply enjoyed our stroll, but in the past, we have taken the time to hike, look for crabs and other beach treasures, and walk out to the lighthouse on the spit. 

There is much here to fall in love with!

Fort Worden State Park

The pictures shown in yesterday’s post were taken at Fort Worden State Park located near Port Townsend.

It is a wonderful historic place to visit.

Fort Worden State Park

Fort Worden was an active US Army base from 1902 to 1953.  It was named in honor of U.S. Naval Rear Admiral John Lorimer Worden.

Fort Worden State Park

Fort Worden was built as a strategic defense for Puget Sound.

Fort Worden State Park

There is hiking, camping, picnic, day use and more to experience.

Fort Worden State Park

Fort Worden State Park

Lucky me.  I’ve caught a head cold.  I am too tired to show more.  I do have some photos from the museum at the Commanding Officer’s home.  I’ll try to post those soon.

Fort Worden State Park

 

Gone Hiking – Log Flume Heritage Site

“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”  ~Standing Bear

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”  ~Aldous Huxley

One of my favorite places to find serenity is to hike at the Log Flume Heritage site.

Enjoy!

Log Flume Heritage Site

Log Flume Heritage Site

Log Flume Heritage Site

Log Flume Heritage Site

Log Flume Heritage Site

Log Flume Heritage Site

Log Flume Heritage Site

Log Flume Heritage Site

Log Flume Heritage Site

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