Saturday, July 29th …Day 83 … another Hiking Day … Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Another nippy morning, 1st things 1st: cup of coffee outside … nice way to start things off… No hurry this morning, picking up the Wonderland Trail just outside our campsite. After traipsing around for a mile or so we finally asked a Park Ranger … hand out maps are not very complete … found the trailhead, crossed over the Nisqually River on a single log foot bridge then into the woods we go. The Terrain in Rainier is suitable for two types of hiking … up or down … no other choices. The river bed is all strewn with boulders of various sizes left behind by the receding glacier and continually tossed around every spring when the 20 or so feet of snow melt away. The trail left the river and started up and never stopped, now following the Paradise River. A mile or so up we arrived at Carter Falls, crystal clear and thundering down to a shallow gorge, we decided to continue on and came to another small falls all the while surrounded by monster trees in an old growth forest, hiking is still on the cool side in the shade, but immediately warms up in the sun. Challenging trail, pushing it a bit, resting, snacking and rehydrating along the way… besides we know it’s downhill all the way back! … so let’s keep going … glad we did … Narada Falls welcomed us with a beautiful rainbow and a much needed cooling mist…… made good time on the way back, near the end I stopped looking towards Carol, then looked towards the sound of the river in the woods and she said: let’s do it … into the woods and into the stream for a good soak … c-c-cold but oh so refreshing! All said and done about 7 miles today, back at camp we started getting ready for our trip north tomorrow at a simple RV park to gear up for a wild ride east along the Washington Cascades for 3 days before arriving at Glacier National Park in Montana. We’ve have had no cell or internet service, off the grid for the past four days and we are still married! …..
On the rocks!
We had a nice little sample of this enormous place!
Thank you Mount Rainier!