Hiking, Mount Rainier, Skiing

It’s Superbowl Sunday!

…but wait, Norwegians don’t give a rat’s ass about handegg, so JK and I took advantage of the fact that most people would be glued to their TVs and went to a place that would usually be chock full of people on a sunny(ish) Sunday – Paradise. Aaah!

Rainier looking good from the car

Ok, so it was still crowded, because Paradise on a weekend is always crowded…and for good reason. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve hiked up there, but we just never get sick of it.


Once again it hit the spot; it was the perfect short hike to loosen up my legs which were still magnificently sore from Friday’s run and Saturday’s cross-country ski trip.


We had a picnic (stroopwafels and a Subway sandwich – I needed a banana pepper fix) on Panorama Point before skiing/glissading back down the hill. JK impressed me by staying upright on the icy crust (while I got borderline frostnipped butt cheeks).

JK and a large mountain

It was nothing new, nothing adventurous, just another beautiful day with my favorite person in one of my happy places.

Golden glow

As we drove back down the winding road, mindful of errant foxes and slick patches of ice, Mount Rainier kept changing color.


We arrived at Longmire just in time to run out of the car and admire the pink alpenglow. The perfect end to the best weekend of 2012 (well, so far anyway). There’s nothing better than feeling exhausted but relaxed and content.

Oooh, that's the stuff

– Panorama Point | 3.5 miles | 1500 feet elevation gain –

Pan Point ski tracks

(Yay, I finally learned how to do fun things with our GPS tracks – thank you for the tutorial!)

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  • Reply Holly March 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Gorgeous photos, as always! I’m so happy you shared this place. I went in December and it was one of my favorite days ever.

  • Reply Linda Barber March 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Your photos are always so amazing! And the hikes! Wish I lived there.

  • Reply Daron March 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Great posting and wonderful photos…but how did you get the blue sky on the 3d gps route? I’ve always had the default black sky but you’ve got a much more attractive/realistic blue. Did you paint that in or is there some setting to GoogleEarth?

  • Reply Ewa March 12, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I am enjoying our spring here with trees blooming all around and at the same time drooling over winter pictures. Yours are stunning, as always.

    What fun trip!

  • Reply Ewa March 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

    So how do you get that 3d image? Could you email or fb me, please… :-)

  • Reply Ingunn March 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Daron: huh, the blue sky is the default for me – but I’m not sure a blue sky is a realistic default for Washington. ;^)

    Ewa: Daron explained it to me in the comments here: http://greendalba.com/archives/6508

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