Hiking, Mount Rainier

Parents in Paradise

This blog needs some sunshine, but since the Great Fireball in the Sky has decided to shun Seattle for the time being, I’ll post about warmer, brighter, drier days in the past instead.

Autumnal Tahoma

My parents tend to visit us during official Norwegian holidays like Christmas and Easter, smack dab in the middle of monsoon season. So when the asked if they could come in early fall, I was excited to show them the Pacific Northwest at its finest. Unlike their previous visits, they got to see Washington in full color instead of grey – and look!! Ginormous volcanoes all around us!

Best seat in da house Lazin' on a sunny afternoon JK descending

The most ginormoustest of them all, Mount Rainier, couldn’t possibly have provided us with better conditions for our hike to Panorama Point.

New hobby Mukmuk's cousins
Turns all year Wobbly

It was my first day back on trail since I pulled a muscle in the Enchantments, so I was in full-on giddy mountain mode; my dad got to stalk marmots and deer with his new, fancy camera; my mom was absolutely enthralled by the mountain (see, I told you it’s magic!); and JK kept bursting into evil laughter every time he thought about his coworkers who were stuck in the office. Moahahaa!

Family portrait

My parents turned around at Glacier Vista to mosey on down the meadows and check out the Paradise Visitor Center while JK and I hoofed it up to Pan Point.

Saluting Mount Adams

This was our first time hiking around Paradise sans snow. Everything looked the same, but somehow…different. At least now I could wear shorts, which is always a plus.

Hello friend

We looped back down to Paradise and found my parents waiting in the waning sunlight, then decided to drive the long way home around the mountain.

Reflection Lake

Skyline Trail | 5 miles | 1300 feet elevation gain –

Wahkeena Falls

Another highlight of my parents’ visit was our weekend road trip to Portland. There were outdoor markets and big bookstores and good eats, but since I apparently never take photos in urban settings, here are photos from day two, when we went on a waterfall tour and drove out to the coast (wow, that was a lot of commas…and I’m sure none of them were used correctly).

Multnomah Falls squishy Happy dog View from our dinner table

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Wellie happier than when he was playing fetch on Cannon Beach. Those little feet were made to run in the sand.

The happiest dog in the world

Unfortunately my mom was coming down with the Flu of Doom (it got all of us before the month was over), but I think she enjoyed herself anyway. Not so sure what she thought about the weird little hippie cafe we took them to though. ;^)

Ecola* State Park

Sunset somewhere along the way home. Sometimes you just have to pull over.

Sunset somewhere

After the roaring success of taking JK’s mom to the Space Needle in the summer (hey, I never blogged about that, either. I suck at this!), we hit the jackpot again with a gorgeous sunset dinner. And lavender beer. Mmm.

Beautiful Seattle

This was my favorite parental visit yet. Hopefully they’ll come back to visit their grandson (don’t get excited – I’m talking about Wellie!) again soon, and, if we’re lucky, maybe the weather and views will treat us just as well as they did this time around (there I go with the commas again [and with the parentheses]).


Now I think my parents finally understand why we love it here in Washington and why we never want to leave…but that certainly doesn’t mean we don’t miss all of you guys back home.

Sunset over the Olympics

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  • Reply Aud March 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    every time I visit your blog, it makes me wanna pack up all my stuff and move to the west coast. i love the idea of having mountains and ocean all right there together — and the views, holy crap THE VIEWS!!! However, I’m deathly afraid of heights (and waaaaaaaaaaaaay out of shape) so I’m not sure just how much I’d take advantage of all the hiking opportunities…

  • Reply Libby March 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Love all your photos – it is so gorgeous where you live. I get a bit bummed when I see your photos that our cruise ends in Vancouver and not Seattle :-(. So nice that you got enjoy a fair weather visit with your parents.

  • Reply Laura @ First Class Great Outdoors March 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! That is one amazing photo after another – Incredible! I can’t wait to travel to Washington in the near future. My only fear is that I won’t ever want to go back home :)

  • Reply Trude Julie March 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hey, a fellow ParenthesisPhantom! I too am horrible at using commas (and parenthesis). Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures, it looks amazing.

    Have a niiiiice day :)

  • Reply Jorunn March 31, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E your photos! And your stories. Actually, I love your blog in total :D

  • Reply Mark Griffith March 31, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Nice write up with great pics! Sorry to hear about all the rain lately. Beijing is dry and warming up, though we do have our boughts of smog. ;) (lots of internal references and ,’s in the blog)

  • Reply Wendy March 31, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Your photos are gorgeous!! They just really capture just how beautiful Washington is! Thanks for sharing them!

  • Reply Patty O'Malley April 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Gorgeous photos! How wonderful to live near such beauty!

  • Reply Dorla Robinette August 18, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I like your history, let me save this site and also come back here in next few days.

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