Birthday paddle on Lake Washington and around the Mercer Slough Nature Park.
Lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory and then a walk along the water front to any random coffee shop for a rest of weary feet.
Wrap things up with a Seattle Sounders FC home game – beating San Diego Earthquakes 2-1.
Martin was back states-side for a brief visit, but not so brief that a short walk wasn’t in order. So with Chris we took another amble up to Lake Serene…
…past big (no pics, too wet) and little Bridle Veil Falls that drain the lake through Bridle Veil Creek.
After our last visit two years ago I was prepared for a swim and a little snooze on lunch rock. Instead the lake basin was fog filled and the lake covered in thick ice.
With a big breakie at Paradise Inn behind us and the boys safely off with grandparents it was onwards & upwards for us.
We left the guide service hut and dirty snow at Paradise behind…
…and climbed up along the western side of Alta Vista through Paradise Park
The trail led up through the snow – a different route from Camp Muir last July – and was helpfully signed to avoid embarrassing falls down step slopes.
The view from Panorama Point was amazing, with Alta Vista, Mazama Ridge and then Mounts Adams, St Helens and (just visible) Hood on the horizon.
Mount Adams (from last years’ escapade)
Mount St Helens (not as much as there once was)
We even had some company for lunch
The way down was fun: steep and slippery. Fay tried plunge stepping before giving in to the charms of glissading (at which she was too fast for me to get a pic).
Wide brimmed hat = no/little sun burn
Kuhl cap & no hair = red ring of embarrassment next day in the office
Some more pics on the way down and then a well deserved drink back at the Paradise Inn.
Kautz Creek. A great place if you wonder off the beaten track a little, which isn’t difficult.
With Grandparents in town Fay & I had a Sunday to hike up to Panorama Point on the southern flank of Mt Rainier. Snow all the way up to 6,300 ft with some amazing views, including this one of a large lenticular cloud floating east of the summit.
Getting down was fun & fast J