Hiking, Mount Rainier, Top Trips

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Whenever we get visitors from the old country, we do our best to impress them with our fabulous adopted state.


Once in a while the weather cooperates and we can pretend that we don’t live in the American version of Bergen. Other times the monsoon will be out in full force and the poor out-of-towners can stay here for weeks on end without catching as much as a glimpse of our beautiful mountains. To this day, my brother thinks Mount Rainier is a figment of my imagination.

Marthe & Olle

Luckily Marthe and Olle timed their visit perfectly with a stretch of unseasonably clear autumn weather, so in addition to touring Discovery Park, the Space Needle, and Pike Place Market, JK and I lured them down to Mount Rainier National Park for a hike, buttering them up (literally) with donuts along the way.

Descending to fall

Actually, if you stay at our house you are contractually obligated to go hiking with us. Consider it rent.

Norwegians on Rainier

JK & Tatoosh

Rent in the form of amazing views…

Cold blue

…and wildlife encounters. Foxes!

Yes, you're heartbreakingly adorable...

Black Bears!!

Why did the bear cross the road?

Cascade Mountain Gorillas!!!

Primate in Paradise

We hiked through the fresh snow up to Panorama Point. JK and I have been there, oh, about 756 times before, but we still love it. Especially when we get to share this piece of our new life with people from our old life.

Sun on my face

My brother needs to come back and see that we’re not making this stuff up.

We seriously have to start keeping a tripod in the car..

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  • Reply jill i November 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    love your energy, beautiful photos, and how you’ve embraced our region and the glorious hiking to be had here. I hope to visit Norway some day and traces of my ancestors. happy thanksgiving!

  • Reply Mary November 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Wow…Panorama point looks so different under snow!

  • Reply Kelsey December 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Sweet animal sightings!

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