Camp Muir

Rainier from Paradise

Mount Adams was closed (a case of forest fire) so we decided to try a little day hike from Paradise (5,400ft) to Camp Muir (10,188ft)

that's a long way to go

Paradise meadows was still partly under snow

spring on the mountain = wild flowers

but spring flowers were making a show wherever they could.

Chris and AiddyChris and Martin

Panorama point made a good spot for piccy’s of the crew…

St HelensAdams in the distance

…and of Mount St Helens (or what’s left of it) and Mount Adams to the distant south.

climbing up the the Muir Snowfield

Martin and Chris on the Muir Snowfield

Next was the climb up to the Muir Snowfield…

increasing cloud...

Looking down the Nisqually glacier

…with views up to the summit of Rainier and across to the scared valley left by the retreating Nisqually Glacier.

Looking up to Camp Muir in the cloud

After a long slog up the snowfield: Camp Muir appeared through the misty cloud!

Destination: Camp Muir

Camping at Camp Muir

Where we pitched the tent and cooked up some lunch
(a different tent from the picture ’cause I forgot to snap Chris’)

Looking down the Muir Snowfield

not quite a white out

Going down, the clear weather changed to foggy as the predicted 12,000ft cloud base came in at about 5,000ft.

Martin and Chris starting a glacade

Going down was quicker thanks to a spot of glacading.
Martin, aka chief shoot spotter, and Chris, aka Mr. Speedy, led the way with Aiddy, aka I feel a bit tom-and-dick and need to check the GPS every 10mins so we don’t slide off a cliff or into a crevasse, followed some distance behind.

snow, stream and wild flowers

fog on the way down

Back to Paradise just before 7pm in the gathering gloom.
I conveniently didn’t get a piccy of Chris beating me in a run back to the car (Martin correctly observing “it’s all a bit matcho”).

Good day out. Can’t wait till the boys can give it a go :-)

Big thanks to Fay & the Boys for the day pass.

Rattlesnake Ledge

H on the trail

We planned a quiet hike up to Rattlesnake Ledge, but didn’t bargain on the thousands of people for ‘Trail Fest’.

Looking down on trail fest

Surprisingly, the trail wasn’t as busy as the road full of parked cars suggested
(although it was busy at the top).
Maybe Rattlesnake Ledge was too tame for the people attending trail fest…

Rock pixie

…or maybe the strange creatures lurking in the woods put them off!

View from the lunch spot at the top

Lunch at the top was pukka.

Plan C

cottage lake

Plan A was to watch the fireworks
on Lake Union from Gas Works Park.
Plan B was to watch the fireworks
on Lake Washington from Marina Park.
Plan C was to watch the sunset
on Cottage Lake from Cottage Lark Park

cottage lake

cottage lake

Our nice walk was interrupted by a loud ‘bang!’

cottage lake fireworks

Yes, you guessed it, fireworks :-)

cottage lake fireworks

cottage lake fireworks

So we sat on the dock and watched the impromptu display.
Our thanks to the cottage lake neighbourhood.

night boating on cottage lake

We were quite comfy on the dock, but some others decided that a close-up view required some paddling.

Duck Racing

Juanita bay duck race

This crowd descended on the beach just before 4pm, and, by the by, managed to get in the way of some serious sand castle building.

Juanita bay duck race

Why? To watch duck racing, Kirkland style. The fastest ducks, as blown against the wind by men (yes, they were all men) with leaf blowers, won some serious prizes.

ducks, lots of

Juanita bay duck race

The trampled sand castles were quickly forgotten when the boys realised that there were 1,000’s of ducks to help catch.

Day trip to Rainier

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Thanks to Dawn for transport, we had a great day trip to Mount Rainier, stopping off for donuts and a view of the Alder Dam on the way.

Kruz creek

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Kautz Creek was a trickle compared with last time we were here. In the November 2006 storm the creek decided it preferred a different route down the mountain

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snowblower

There was still snow at Paradise, but the road was open thank’s to the snow blower and snow plough.

Rainier from Paradise

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From Paradise we hiked the relatively short, but fun in snow, Nisqually Vista trail…

Nisqually Vista overlook

…which leads to an overlook of the end of the Nisqually glacier.

downhill on a bin bag

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On the way back we stopped for a spot of downhill bin-bag sledging.
Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!

mountian man

mountain and boy

Oar-somme.

Twin Falls

rock hopping

We took Nana and Faith to Twin Falls on the South Fork Snoqualmie River

the finster

On the hike we were surprised to see a rare finster that lives in the woods, we managed to get this rare photograph just before the finster disappeared into his burrow!

timber!

Aunty Faith made a big mess by pushing down all the trees

Lower twin fall

The best view is of the lower fall!