Crossing the bridge over lake Washington on a rare sunny day, you can just glimpse Mt. Rainier shining in the distance .
Last summer, we decided to drive out there to get up close and personal.
It was a long drive and our anticipation grew as the mountain got bigger and bigger.
But first, a quick stop for an elk burger in town.
Must have been a logging town once upon a time!
Oh boy, what a view!
Stopped by several scenic viewpoints on the steep climb towards Mount Rainier national park.
Finally arrived at the lodge, a little short of breath.
Not sure if it was from the altitude or the exhilaration!
We listened to the ranger’s stories before attempting one of the trails on Rainier.
I climbed up as far as I could with no tread on my shoes, gingerly dodging teenagers flying down the snow-covered trails in shorts and t-shirts. I shielded my eyes from the harsh sunlight glinting off the bright crunchy ground, already I was far ahead of my parents. I reeled back in surprise as a snowball zinged past, narrowly missing my nose. “Sorry” said the perpetrator, with a sheepish grin.
“Watch out! ” I shouted, pointing at the toddler on a toboggan.
We both laughed in relief. “Catch!” he smiled, as he lobbed another snowball my way.
Back at the lodge a family waits for daddy to pull up with the truck.
Nearby Narada falls is stunning in the afternoon light.
On the hike down get ready to be soaked by torrents of mist blowing your way.
One last look the mountain from the backroads.
On the drive home we stopped in the little town of Elbe, complete with little historic church (1906).
You can catch the Scenic Railroad here.
It seems like a bit of a tourist gimmick, but the murder mystery ride looks interesting.
We opted to eat at the 1930’s vintage train car restaurant run by the Railroad Dining Company.
This little treasure just wouldn’t eat her french fries!
Delicious homemade blackberry pie.