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Hiking, Mount Rainier

Yet another day in Paradise

JK spent all last weekend climbing up by Anacortes with my erstwhile mountaineering classmates, so I was left to my own devices. Since the weather looked promising, I contacted Gabi and joined her and a group of the Seattle Hikers for a trip to Rainier. Yes, another trip to Rainier. I’ll never get enough of that mountain.

The sun was so strong Rainier had to wear a hat

This time Mount Rainier was covered in all sorts of lenticular clouds that looked like UFOs hovering above us to take us away.

To the mothership!

We headed up to Mazama Ridge and ambled along, oohing and aahing at the views, dropped down to Reflection Lake, and circled back up to Paradise. In the heat and wet, heavy, sloppy snow, hiking up the gently sloping Paradise Valley Road ended up feeling more tiring than rest-stepping up Aaron’s signature (or so I’ve gathered :D) steep hill earlier in the day. The good news is that the snow is melting and summer is on its way!

The gang on Mazama Ridge

Perfect weather, beautiful views, and a great bunch of hikers. Regardless of what Dr. Phil has to say about it, meeting people from teh intarwebs just plain rules.

A thing that certainly does not rule is forgetting sunscreen. You would think I would have learned after burning my lips on our trip to Camp Muir a couple of weeks ago, but no. The day before this hike I spent the afternoon on a sailboat on Lake Washington with not a drop of sunscreen on my face, and on the hike I diligently applied and reapplied gunk all day but neglected to cover my ears, neck, chest, and, curiously, one thin, straight line down my nose. I am officially stupid and am paying for it by looking like a peeling Freddy Krueger.

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7 Comments

  • Reply melanie April 25, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I don’t mind looking at snow pics now that ours is all gone, and today is a glorious 26C outside. ;p Gorgeous photos, and how cool it is that you can hike there anytime! Lucky.

  • Reply Libby April 25, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I love that one day you’re on a sailboat, the next hiking through the snow :-). Great photos and glad you still got a day out even though JK was otherwise occupied.

    Libby

  • Reply Charlie April 26, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Hi there,
    Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.
    Charlie

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  • Reply Gabi May 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Glad you had a good time. Hope your sunburn healed fast.

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