Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier is spectacular, but often hidden by clouds.

Mount Rainier is spectacular, but often hidden by clouds.

We are celebrating our arrival in Washington and have enjoyed seeing Nancy and Steve along with Mount Rainier. Yesterday was sunny and we could view the entire beautiful mountain. Today, there were clouds surrounding the top.

Ed and Steve on a hike to see more views of Mount Rainier.

Ed and Steve on a hike to see more views of Mount Rainier.

We have loved seeing Nancy and Steve. We had a great dinner together yesterday and sampled some different wines. Ed and Steve especially enjoyed a meal of blackened salmon.

Steve showed Ed the basalt columns on the hike.

Steve showed Ed the basalt columns on the hike.

Today Steve invited Ed to join him on a hike to see some additional views of Mount Rainier. During the hike they saw lenticular clouds over the mountain. They also saw basalt columns from past volcanic activity. One thing we asked Steve and Nancy about was the “Volcanic Eruption Emergency Route” signs along the local roads. Since Mt. Rainer is a volcano that is only dormant and not extinct, there is a need to direct drivers to high ground. This is definitely not something we dealt with in Tucson!

We love our campsite here as it is very green, spacious, and quiet.

We love our campsite here as it is very green, spacious, and quiet.

Speaking of Tucson, we noticed the high today was about 100 degrees while here in Enumclaw the high was less than 80 degrees. Nice.

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