Since I will be moving to Seattle permanently in the fall, I thought it appropriate to visit one of it’s landmarks Mt. Rainier. From the city you don’t realize how absolutely gargantuan this mountain really is. It is HUGE. Rising to 14,411′ it dwarfs our home mountain Mt. Baker (which is still a noteworthy 10,781′). It is also a federal park which is very different from the state parks we are used to. The main difference is the crowd it attracts. Most people were suited up with their fancy boots, carbon-fiber walking sticks and enough Trader Joes snacks to last a year. We were told several times that we wouldn’t be able to pass certain areas due to our footwear, good ol’ Sanuks (essentially slippers). I’m proud to say we managed just fine :). And of course, Carson got some unbelievable photographs.
We are hoping to do a 2-3 day hiking trip in September up here or Baker. Anyone have suggestions?