Two Teens And Their Mama: Visiting Mount Rainier

Monday, August 11, 2014

Visiting Mount Rainier


The weather in Seattle was GLORIOUS this past weekend.  We decided to take advantage of the sunshine and drive to Mount Rainier.  G and I hadn't been since we were teenagers, and obviously the boys had never visited.  In our defense, it's a three hour drive from our house - and we've already spent a LOT of family time in the car this summer.

Standing 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in Washington, and the fourth highest in the United States.  It is considered an active volcano, although the last eruption was in 1894.  Mount Rainier is so tall that it makes its own clouds.

However, no clouds this weekend!  On clear days, we can actually see Mount Rainier from the town we live in.



T wants to climb Mount Rainier next summer with his dad.  It would require a lot of preparation and training, but it would be an amazing experience.



I have no explanation for what's going on with these rolled up shorts.  This kid has quite a sense of humor, and obviously, I've given up!

We spent the day hiking and enjoying the breathtaking scenery.  Words cannot do it justice, so I will share some pictures of the mountain and the surrounding wildflowers.












Hope you have a wonderful week!


18 comments:

  1. The photos are absolutely stunning! It looks like you had a wonderful day!

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  2. Fantastic! There's nothing quite like the breathtaking views of a mountain! What a fun trip. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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    1. The mountain up close was so beautiful. Thanks Diane.

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  3. I visited there once in 2010 and it was something you never forget! I was actually going to contact you to see if you would help me on a post I want to do about Washington. I've been there once and did alot, but I'm sure there are some awesome things that I have missed. I wanted to see if you would collaborate with me and then maybe link this post to it if you want. Nothing right away maybe sometime in September? Let me know if you're interested. Email me and I will tell you where I've been and where I haven't and maybe you could cover some I have missed, anyway just a thought don't worry if you don't want to. I need to as Susan the same thing for Montana. My email is rm29303@gmail.com

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    1. I would love to work with you on a post. I sent you an email!

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  4. I think I'm coming in the first part of 2015!

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  5. So pretty! I'd love to go there someday.

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    1. Washington has lots of rain, but it is beautiful!

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  6. Wow Mount Rainier is so beautiful and you took such gorgeous photos. It looks like you had a fabulous time. Thanks for sharing.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie. It wasn't hard to take good photos because everything was so beautiful!

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful outing! You live in a beautiful area of the world. My husband and I enjoy hiking when we visit the Smokies. It's great just being outside on a beautiful day. You have a good week, too!

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    1. Hiking is one of our favorite things to do! Thanks so much for the nice comment.

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  8. What a gorgeous place! Spending time with family in nature is so enjoyable. I'm sure your boys find a way to make the car ride fun! :)

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    1. I agree Marie! Headphones and iphones work wonders for long car trips!

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  9. Wow, I can't imagine training to climb it! I'm so fascinated by mountains, which is funny because I live on the east coast and our highest is Mt. Washington, which isn't very high by global standards.
    I did live in San Francisco for awhile and we drove to Oregon once and saw the most beautiful mountain. Shasta, I believe it was called?

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    1. I can't imagine it either - which is why I won't be joining them :) I love mountains too - the process of how they are formed is so amazing.

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