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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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It’s that rut we carve for ourselves. Driving the same road, to the same park entrance, to hike the same trails, to see the same views. Which, when it comes to Mount Rainier, ain’t all that bad. It’s like parting our hair on the same side. Today. And forever. Until we don’t. Until through a friend’s inspiration, we find ourselves […]

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It’s the getting there that’ll rattle the teeth right out of your head. Fifteen miles of dust-eating behind a weekend’s worth of cars bouncing at ten mph on a wash-boarded gravel road gouged with pot holes. For the sake of a moment in nature. With everyone else. It’ll seem ridiculous. Because it is ridiculous. Until two hours into […]

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The View from High Hut

A year ago. And some. We slodged up to High Hut.  Kids clomped alongside us in snow boots the first mile, zig-zagging from water trickle here to the top of a snow pile there. Until it was all snow. And the road…all up. And there were still three miles to trudge. Trudge or drag. And we […]

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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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