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Pierce County

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  • Day81

    Mount Rainier

    September 14, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Nach einer einer letzten Nacht im Wald am Rande des Mt. Rainier, ein knapp 4500 m hoher Vulkan südlich von Seattle, fahren wir zu einem Ausgangspunkt einiger Wanderungen. Wir haben zwar bewölktes aber schönes Wetter erwischt. Gleich beim Reinfahren in den Park freuen wir uns, alles genau so gemacht zu haben und die letzten Tage hier zu verbringen. Alles ist in herbstliche Farben getaucht und das Panorama ist der Wahnsinn. Wir machen dann eine größere Wanderung und steigen zu einem Aussichtspunkt über der Baumgrenze auf. Von hier hat man einen sehr schönen Blick auf den Vulkan, die Gletscher und die umliegenden Berge. Ein bischen wehmütig schauen wir in der Ferne auf den Mt. St. Helens, an dem wir vor ca 2 Monaten waren. Langsam realisieren wir, dass das jetzt definitiv der letzte Stopp ist und der Trip zu Ende geht. Wir freuen uns aber umso mehr, dass alles bis hierhin so gut funktioniert hat und unsere Route perfekt aufgegangen ist. Diese tolle, vielleicht sogar schönste Wanderung der gesamten Reise bestätigt uns.Read more

  • Day44

    Mont Rainier - jour 2

    September 30, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ -3 °C

    C'est plus nuageux ce matin mais au moins il ne pleut pas. Notre but est de faire des marches et voir le plus possible du parc en se rendant à l'autre camping situé à une heure de route environ. On commence par le sentier situé près de notre camping, il longe un bras de la rivière Nisqually et mène à 2 petites chutes. On est principalement dans le bois. C'est une belle marche pour débuter la journée. Les chutes sont jolies mais pas très grosses. On retourne au camper et on part pour l'arrêt suivant.

    On s'arrête à Christine Falls. On a une courte marche de 15 minutes a faire pour avoir finalement la vue sur les chutes. C'est vraiment beau et impressionnant de voir les roches façonnées par le travail de l'eau. L'eau est bleue, comme pas mal toutes les rivières qu'on voit depuis un bon moment déjà! Même au BC l'eau des rivières et ses lacs était généralement limpide et souvent bleuté. On regagne notre bolide d'aventure et on roule jusqu'à Reflexion Lakes. Par temps clair, c'est l'endroit parfait pour voir, comme son nom l'indique, la réflexion de la montagne sur le lac. Malgré les nuages, la vue reste très belle, surtout avec les couleurs automnales, ça aide!

    On se rend ensuite à l'une des marches incontournables du parc: Grove of the Patriarchs. Le sentier suit le lit de la rivière Ohanapecosh, qui est plutôt jolie car ses abords sont rocailleux. L'intérêt principal de cette marche n'est cependant pas la rivière mais bien les arbres. On y trouve plusieurs espèces de conifères et surtout certains sont âgés de plus de 1000 ans!! Impressionnant de voir d'aussi gros et vieux arbres, ça force le respect! On termine la boucle et on revient au camper avant d'aller faire une dernière marche pour la journée. C'est une partie du sentier East Side qui nous amène encore là à une petite chute. On y arrive après 20 minutes de marche environ et on s'y arrête brièvement avant de revenir au camper. C'était plutôt joli mais on ne pouvait pas trop s'en approcher étant donné qu'on était en hauteur.

    On s'enligne ensuite sur le camping en espérant qu'il reste de la place. Il n'est heureusement pas complet encore et on se trouve un beau site, tout près de la rivière! Plus tard on achète du bois et on se fait un feu lorsque Samuel fait dodo. C'est vraiment paisible comme endroit, sous les grands arbres avec le son de la rivière qui coule et le crépitement du feu. Magique!
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  • Day112


    September 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Next stop was Forks, the wettest town in the US, also famous for vampires & werewolves apparently. Despite a few tacky tourist shops there wasn't much going on so we went on exploring the rainforest. Ruby Beach was ultra rugged and windswept covered with tree trunks washed down the river. The campsites right on the wet coast wasn't that appealing so we ended up in a quiet little stop off a forest road.

    The next day was lovely so we went back to the coast & got a sweet spot in 'Ocean City' a beach state park - v lucky for the Saturday night of Labour Day weekend (we often get lucky like that even when campgrounds have 'full' signs up :). We spent the afternoon sheltering behind sand dunes reading & flying the kite on the windswept beach. We did our good Samaritan bit by helping push someone's car out of the soft sand (repeatedly).

    After a quick run in the morning we headed towards Mount Rainier National Park and we spent the night just outside, in an OTV campsite full of petrol heads, so we could get in early(ish) the next day. It was unsurprisingly a little cloudy so we didn't see much on the way in except for a few tantalizing glimpses of this impressive cone on the way up.
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  • Day113

    Para, para, paradise...

    September 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Rain-ier is well named, this giant volcano cone rising up from the low coast to 14,000+ feet pushes damp air from the coast up with inevitable consequences. Fortunately we arrived to niceish weather and decided to make the most of it by hiking to Paradise! Unfortunately with the last of the flowers clinging on and damp, low, dense cloud Panorama Point didn't quite live up to its grand name.

    Having woken to the rain we had a cozy lie-in then made our way back to the visitors centre which we had saved for a rainy day. As the east side gets significantly less rainer we headed east to Sunrise (they definitely win the prize for best names in National Parks), taking in the impressive v deep, water carved Box Canyon and the Geove of the Patriarchs (trees which amazingly were 500 years old when Columbus first landed!). As we settled into camp we were rewarded with the summit clearing and the snow laden slopes glistening in the afternoon sun.

    We woke the next morning to glorious sunshine and rather than tackle the 2,220 ft in 2 miles, we drove to Sunrise which meant we could walk off the standard day hike map and up to the third borough (peaks on a ridge leading up to the main mountain). It was a spectacular walk with some we glorious views of the peak as the clouds cleared, and we reached the snowline with incredible views of the huge rugged glaciers that cover the top half of the mountain.
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  • Day3

    Mt Rainier

    July 8, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Mt rainier was zoo - hard to believe how many people up at paradise.
    Remember being up there in the fall once and sharing the massive parking lot with all of 6 other cars - all gone by the time I got back from hike.Read more

  • Day102

    Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

    September 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    We stopped for a day in Mt. Rainier before going to Olympic National Park. The forests around Mt. Rainier are rainforests, complete with huge trees and lots of very low undergrowth like ferns and mosses, giving it almost an enchanted feeling.

    Mt. Rainier is huge. At one point while driving up the mountains, we came around a switchback. We saw a large range of mountains, and were sufficiently appreciative, wondering which was Mt. Rainier. Then we turned the next bend and saw a looming peak that seemed to be twice as tall as anything else staring down at us. We were silent for a brief moment before saying, "well, I think we found it!"
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  • Day63

    Mount Rainier

    July 26, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Ok hier braucht es wohl zuerst eine Erklärung. In allen Nationalparks kann man an einem Junior Ranger Programm teilnehmen. Dazu muss man nur ein Heft ausfüllen, dieses in einem Visitor Center abgeben und einen Eid schwören. Danach enthält man einen Badge und ist fortan ein Junior Ranger. Klare Sache, dass wir da mitmachen! So musste ich entweder ein Gedicht, eine Zeichnung oder eine Geschichte auf die letzte Seite im Heft kreativeren..

    A life lesson
    Once upon a time, there was a bear in a national park called Mount Rainier. His name was Charlie and he was very special. He could breath fire. But he didn't think he was special because of that. Actually he was afraid of it. Especially when the other bears run away from him, not before teasing him like: "Ooh Charlie when was the last time you started a forest fire?" Or: "Oje Charlie we have already eaten, we don't need someone to heat up our soup!" Everyone thought (also Charlie) that it was really unbearlike to breath fire and so he tried to be as bearlike as possible and eat honey from trees and give bear hugs to visitors. But sometimes when he ate very spicy food or swallowed a bee, he couldn't control himself and *whush* out of his mouth came a huge orange yellowish flame. "Outsch", Charlie screamed, "that really really hurts." It wasn't the first time he had burnt his lips accidentally.
    One day, after he tried to make friends with a squirrel or a chipmunk but burned its tail because he got a hiccup, he heard sobs from behind a big or even large boulder, which was cut into two pieces, probably by a ninja. When he looked for what was producing such noises, he saw a young man sitting on a benchshaped petrified log. He was crying. "What's the matter?", Charlie asked and Ryan explained him that in his country, which was more than a lot or at least 7 away from here, it was common to rescue the princess from a dragon before marrying her. And Ryan found a princess, who was so beautiful that he sometimes forgot to breath while staring at her. And they would get married but Ryan needs to rescue her from a dragon first. But there was none! He walked all 7 kingdoms to find one, but there was not a single one. Maybe they all have been extinguished in the last hundred years and now he could not get married!
    Charlie was so sorry that he out of a sudden proposed to help. "But how?", asked Ryan. "Well I can breath fire and I actually love costumes!"
    And that's how Charlie helped Ryan I pretending to be a dragon. And Ryan could marry his princess. And Charlie still pretends to be a dragon because after man heard the story, they also employed his service and he made many many friends.
    So whenever you are an outsider or special in your own way - just pretend to be someone else! :)

    Auf der Weiterfahrt sehen wir ein Schild: "Drive-In Cinema". So was lassen wir uns nicht entgehen und parken mit unserem Van zum Sonnenuntergang vor dem großen Bildschirm und warten bis Despicable Me 3 und Valarian beginnt. Gegen 2 Uhr morgens sind wir zu müde um bis zum National Forest zu fahren und parken bei einem Walmart. Es vergehen keine 10 Minuten und ein Polizeiauto hält in der Nähe. Verunsichert, ob das wegen uns ist und nicht in der Stimmung mit einem Polizisten zu sprechen, starten wir eine Late-Night Shopping Tour und kaufen nach insgesamt einer Stunde im Walmart einen Apple Pie für 50 Cents - Amörika! :)
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  • Day10

    Paradise, Mt. Rainier

    July 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    After a breakfast scone (a scone mixed with cheese, ham, and green peppers) at the Mountain Goat, we headed out of Packwood and in to Mt. Rainier National Park and the visitors' centre at Paradise. Not knowing really what to expect, I can honestly say it was breathtaking, in a literal sense. As we climbed up the mountain, the glacier covered crater hoved in and out of view, in amongst thousand-year-old Dougkas firs, cavernous valleys and sheer cliff edges. All around us were mountains, and (again) the photos simply do not do the scale or beauty of the place justice. At the visitors centre I picked up my passport stamps before setting out on a trail up the mountain.Read more

  • Day10

    Glacier Vista, Mt. Rainier

    July 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    From the Visitors Centre, we set out for Glaciet Vista...a mile or so up the mountain. Up. In places, it felt like straight up. The path did become more bearable after a while but the start nearly killed me.

    However, the view is incomparable. Every direction we looked was just unbelievable - under a deep blue sky, snow-capped mountains peaked in every direction whilst the meadows beneath were lit up with the colour of flowers.

    We sat at the top, eating trail mix and soaking in the glacier, which appeared so close you could almost touch it. We could definitely come back here.
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