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It’s been five weeks since Labor Day weekend. Five weeks since my boy and I drove together on Highway 410, veered into Mount Rainier National Park at the White River entrance and rolled through the A-D loops at the White River Campground looking for the best spot to land our tent. We’d be surviving one […]

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It doesn’t always begin very pretty. The camping part. The pop-up tent doesn’t pop up in 60 seconds like it does for the lady on the video. Or in in twenty minutes. And when it’s still sagging in twenty-five and one kid is crying, sometimes you look at the thing and say, “good enough.” But […]

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This might be my favorite misleading sign. And you can find it at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s where the kids and I were. We’d headed to the Mount Freemont Lookout. The sign says that the Mt. Freemont Tr. is 1.3 miles away. Which is correct. The trail to the lookout begins from this […]

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This is the one. This hike. Where…if you’re into beauty with every step your tennis shoe takes, and if catching glimpses of a waterfall on the switchbacks motivates you to keep climbing the rocky stairs, then getting on the trail to Comet Falls in Mount Rainier National Park is where you want to be. On any day. […]

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So. Um. We survived. The kids and I. Our single overnight in Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday at Cougar Rock Campground. We’d been back from Alder Lake long enough to drag the sleeping bags to the wash machine, grab dad around the waist and repack the cooler. The sun was hot. August hot. And without […]

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Bench Lake–Mount Rainier

Maybe it’s a form of escapism. This packing the car and heading to Mt. Rainier. To find some peace. And maybe some quiet. Or maybe it’s just this constant itch to be outside. Where there’s more trees than people. And the air is sweeter. No matter. I just know that this is where I want to […]

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Two weeks ago we’d put one foot in front of the other up Pinnacle Peak Trail and then had gaped at Mount Rainier from Plummer’s Peak. It’d been spectacular. The sunshine. The side ache. The mountain against the blue of the sky. All of it. Which was when my husband started planning a trip back. […]

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Bench Lake

That it was 92 degrees at Mount Rainier last Friday wasn’t the problem. It was the two wilting kids in the back of the van who’d already hiked that morning and who might have given anything to suck on ice cubes for the next half hour. Which was when we set our sights sort of low […]

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Grove of the Patriarchs

There is something about gaping at a tree that’s been living for a millenium. That hasn’t quit breathing. Or reaching. Or adding to its girth. Something majestic. Something that makes us want to wrap our arms around any size tree to put into perspective how puny we really are. We’re at The Grove of the […]

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Pinnacle Peak Trail

“I’ll tell you what… When the sun beats down on Mount Rainier like it did yesterday, there ain’t a prettier place to be. This. Is Paradise. And minus the mosquito bites down my left arm, it feels that way too. It’s just the two of us this time. Buzzing around in the van. Burping peanut […]

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