Magnificent Mount Rainier!
Mount Rainier National Park Travel Blog› entry 130 of 167 › view all entries
This morning we left the Seattle KOA and took Ned the 4 miles to the Airport. (
We breathed a sigh of relief when we left
Today was a glorious day to
The Ranger assured us that
Did you know that 9,000 climbers attempt to
We learned about the climbers at the Sunrise Visitor’s Center, where we also started a 2-mile hike on the Silver Forest Trail. Honestly, we were really tired at the end of this “easy” rated hike - we finally determined that the 6400’ altitude was probably the culprit (we’d been near sea level this morning). At least we hope so!
We met an 80-year-old lady and her husband who were motorcycling up here. I just thought that was great!
In November 2006, Mt. Rainier NP had a terribly destructive flood. The odd thing was that it only rained from a Sunday to Tuesday, yet it wiped out entire campgrounds and roads with terrible flooding and landslides. The road to the campground on the southeast side of the park was closed this week for reconstruction from that flood. Thousands of volunteers have also helped redo hiking trails and repair the damage.
We enjoyed chatting with a Californian man in (another) VW bus while waiting for the 5pm opening of Rte 123 that we wanted to take south to the campground. He seems to be on similar paths (including
I’ve gotten about 5 reports on the roads into
It is no longer high season! We all feel like we are playing hooky and have a grand time of it! The kids exclaimed when they saw a kid in the campground tonight, because all have probably started school by now. Hours are reduced, some visitors centers are closed, certain campground loops are closed, and we keep hearing that certain parks or roads are “open until late September” and we remind ourselves that this IS September already! It is hard to imagine the snow coming within a month, particularly when you have such beautiful weather. But I’ll bet it can turn nasty, cold, and rainy very quickly.
Speaking of school, the kids have been plugging away on their studies. We’ve focused on a few areas for each of them. I’m really pleased with their efforts to study while I drive and they each have accomplished several goals.
I’m most pleased with all their reading - we haven’t once turned on the TV. While I was sad to miss the Olympics, we are focused on our journey of exploring and learning all we can while we have the chance. We negotiate which books they read so that school novels and historical novels are interspersed with fun books.
I have to admit that it surprises me how much the kids seem to love the National Parks, hiking, and exploring Visitor’s Centers, which really are little museums of information. We read all the interpretive boards and watch the informative movies- many adults would likely be bored. But they seem to learn from it and enjoy it enough not to complain- I guess they know the plan. I’m really proud of them being such good travelers.