Wowza, what a fun full weekend celebrating our anniversary and the life we’ve created together. Started off with a 4:30 a.m. alarm and two ferry crossings to an island where we ran a 10k trail race (slower than molasses) but we did manage to run the whole thing, 700’ of hill gains and all. Headed straight to the pub for some greasy foods and beer after those 6.7 sweaty miles romping around in the forest. Decided to swing into the climbing gym on the way home (because apparently I thought it would be fun to have not just sore legs but also sore arms), and we had a blast trying some harder routes and laughing our bootys off.
Today we journeyed down to the Tatoosh Range to scramble up not one, but two fun little peaks in the glorious warm October sunshine. Nothing quite like getting your hands on rock and scaling up for views like this! We got to hike in and have a summit picnic with new friends; the incredible guys from @rescuefreedom who are doing world changing work to end sexual slavery. 🏔
So grateful for Redbeard and his willingness to really live and share experiences together for this one beautiful life we get to have.
The Lakes Trail Loop overlaps the Wonderland Trail for a short distance. Wonderland circumnavigates Mount Rainier and is 150 km long for a cumulative elevation gain of 6,700 m. This hiking route is entirely within Mount Rainier National Park. It’s on the list for the future now that we’ve seen some of the park with our own eyes. #hiking#mountrainier
A couple glamour shots of my fave gal. 🏔
Fun fact: Mount Rainier was first known by the local Salishan speakers as Talol, or Tacoma, or Tahoma. Until some random British guy decided he wanted to name it after his fucking friend.
Few more from mount rainier.... Hiking up mount Rainier with a toddler? We didn’t know what to expect, kinda showed up unprepared but were positively surprised on how much he loved it and insisted on walking on steep slopes and rugged paths. Loved the autumn colours, the deers and marmots and aggressive squirrels, and friendly people we met along the way. .
We started our hike from Paradise visitor point and took the skyline trail, which is rather steep and difficult for out of shape novices. But our toddler loved the hike. For an easier option I would suggest taking the Dead horse creek trail which is a lot easier it’s all paved and a lot less steep. both trails offer very different views and it was nice coming down a different trail. .
Almost made it to the Glacier vista, but had to turn back as the fog was getting thicker and it was getting late in the evening. It took us 4 hours return journey at a leisurely pace.
Every time I look at #MountRainier when I’m driving it brings me back to this breathtaking #sunrise from the #summit. This was one of the most special moments I’ve ever experienced. There is something indescribable about being above the clouds, where none of the small stuff matters. It brings your closer to yourself and to your own truth. I feel pretty darn blessed to live in this epic outdoor playground we call the Pacific Northwest, and am looking forward to more climbs to come!