Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Mount Rainier National Park

From the moment I arrived in Puyallup, I've wanted to go to Mount Rainier National Park. Today I got that chance! It's only 43 miles from my door to the entrance to the park, and the drive is beautiful. I knew that Puyallup is on the edge of the Seattle metropolitan area, but it really is only 5-10 miles south of me that there's farmland. Well, at least hobby farms with big yards that have horses. The fall colors along the drive were wonderful.

I knew that it was supposed to rain today, but when I was getting ready this morning, there was a little sun peaking through, so I thought I might be lucky. Well, as I was driving, the sky got really gray and the rains started. I contemplated turning around, but quickly decided that I'd keep going, because there's always stuff to see and I'm not about to let a little rain stop me! The closer I got to the park, the more fog was around and I knew I wouldn't get to see any of the mountain.

At the Longmire Visitor's Center I heard it was snowing along the route to the bigger Visitor's Center at Paradise. A few people were turning around, but I'm from Minnesota and I wanted to test out my new 4-wheel drive! It turned out to be snowing quite a bit (some pictures didn't turn out because of all the snowflakes in the way!) but was warm enough to just have slush on the road, not ice.

Even with all the fog and snow, it really was an incredible day. Very beautiful all in its own right. I didn't get to see the stuff I imagined (like the mountain!) when I thought about going to the park, but I'm so glad I got to see what I did. Now I'm just waiting for a clear day to go back again! I purchased that National Park Pass so now I can get into any National Park without paying any more for one year, along with anyone else that's in a car with me. So, let me know when you want to tag along!



An update for this weekend is that I'm going to head to the Women's Retreat for the LB's Pacific Northwest district! I'll work Thursday night, then sleep for a little on Friday. Then, the retreat is Friday through Sunday at a camp on the western peninsula, so I'll just head out on my trip from there! This will be a GREAT way to spend some time with friends, and I'll still get to see what I wanted to! Thanks for all the fun tips on stuff to see. I'm still not exactly sure just what I'll do, but I'll be sure to post pictures and let you know what I decided!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous! It looks like you had a wonderful time and the weather only added to your trip! I might just have to take a trip out there! I love that part of the US! It is always beautiful! I think it would be great to live out there sometime (even for a short time)! God bless! Emily D.

CJ Olson said...

Oh... this look like so much fun! I really miss the mountains and different colored leaves of the fall! I hope that you had fun and that you have fun at the womens retreat!!

Candis Berge said...

Great pictures. You would never had gotten those pictures if you had turned back because of the weather. Miss ya!

doug&margarethe said...

Great pictures! Looks like you made a fun trip even if it wasn't sunny. You saw/had snow before us here in MN! Have a fun time at the retreat! love, Mom

timmyjimi said...

blow some of that pow-pow over to this side of the state.

Henrik & Carrie said...

Unbelievable!! More beautiful than words can express!

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a great weekend at the retreat! I miss ya! I need to get your address soon. I have some art work from some "famous" little artists in our house to send to you!! Hope you're getting settled...praying for you...
Jenn