Can I get everyone out there to say, "Move up here with us mom!"?
Not today anyway.
We have subjected her to enough construction and destruction. It was high time for a little pretty. We woke up early, for us, and set our sights on Mt. Rainier.
It started off as a beautiful day.
|Kautz Creek viewpoint.|
|The mountain was out and everybody was happy.|
|Yes, there were mushrooms.|
|Ah, zoom lens, I've missed you.|
And we did. Eventually.
|Lots of traffic.|
|Cute little road-side waterfall.|
|Yeah, this is happening. BAM. Long exposure.|
|Michael and Max found a snow field for some mid July play in the snow.|
Then we rotated through the loop and tried again to find a parking spot within the same area code as the visitor's center.
After a full circle, we ended up two car-lengths farther away. I dropped everyone else off at the visitor's center and started the hike back up.
|More cars and people who sometimes slow down passing pedestrians|
|Rainier was going into hiding|
|And there were more cars.|
|Humanity was all over the place.|
|People and cars and... this isn't what I want when I go to the mountains.|
|Screw traffic, I want to go backpacking again.|
|If you look close, you can see the line of cars along the road.|
If this had been my primary experience in mountain environments, I wouldn't want to go back. By the time we left Paradise, I was done. Just done.
Sarah decided to drive. She provided one more stop at Narada Falls because, waterfalls.
It was worth the trip.
|Hey, wait! Is that water falling over a precipice? I love that!|
|Nana and the boys all smiles.|
|Oh yeah, you can feel it can't you?|
|Long exposure. Stone bridge, waterfall, rainbow. I'm killing it over here!|
Happier, we made our way back to the car. The boys needed some hijinks to finish it off.
|Found some cauliflower fungus.|
It was a great day. Tomorrow, we let mom escape home. We miss her already.
Hurry back mom, we'll have your house ready soon.