Go Visit a Glacier

This week my good friend Ben’s cross country road trip finally took him close to Seattle. He wanted to climb some mountains, though there are lots of mountains nearby, one really stands out.

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Rainier as seen from the banks of White River, near our campsite.

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Sunrise lookout point, the mountain doesn’t look so big from up here.

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Leaving from Sunrise, ready to start.

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Above the tree line its like we landed on another planet.

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I think it says “this way to mountain”.

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A few park rangers wielding shovels.

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That’s a very large mountain.

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The mountain man in his native habitat.

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A fantastic way too cook tuna.

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We are about 7000′ up and Rainier extends at least another 7000′ further.

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Rainier is taking up more and more of the horizon.

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The end goal of our hike, still miles away.

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Sometimes, you have to go down to go up.

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No a glacier, but a little bit of snow.

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Walking across a pumice field is like being on the moon.

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We won’t be going to the top today, Ben.

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Other than Rainier we are the tallest in the land.

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Still a really tall mountain.

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With a peak still very far away.

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Yellow and red grass seem to be the norm here, very alien.

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Looking down into the valley, as we are still above the tree line.

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Another view of White River and its source.

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A refreshing break on the way back at Shadow Lake.

 

Out on a walkabout

Today I had no rush to get home. Its was beautiful day by Seattle’s standards. I walked to the bus stop and then just kept walking, trying to go down streets and paths that I had never explored before. An urban hike, with thousands of trails to choose from.

It was an exploitative and meditative experience, and though I did not have my camera with me, I did get a couple of nice photos.

Viewing my starting point from about halfway

Home is a welcome sight after miles of hills

To the EMP and beyond

This weekend the EMP museum opened its new special exhibit, a massive collection of props and costumes from all of Star Trek. I highly recommend to all who find Star Trek interesting to go see it. It is a very different side of the Shows and movies, as with most props they all look very fake and plasticity close up, taking away a lot of the realism of the props and effects, but giving a scene of size and scale that is impossible to display in screen.

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Out for a Hike

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Heading out to the mountains

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Up a narrow gravel road

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Preparing to depart

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Into the woods

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Shoom did not make the best shoe choice today

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Beware the local chainsaw-bears, very deadly.

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A very lively stump

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More mud

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Nature from afar

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Nature up close

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Continuing on

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Over a perilous bridge

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Through some felled trees

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A tree

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Barclay lake

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The Lone Mountain

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Taking a photo

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Sitting in the trees

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Admiring the lake

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Everyone made it to the end

A Sacrificial Centerpiece

Going to a local barbecue shack near by we had enough people to be seated in the secluded back room, which had only a single large table with this amazing and terrifying centerpiece. Luckily I was not seated directly facing the skull as it would make it a little more difficult to enjoy my brisket while looking into the empty sockets of the head of the animal which I am enjoying. Though very odd the centerpiece is rather fascinating, a horned skull, bleached and covered with wax from the many lit candles covering it while surrounded by veladoras, or prayer candles, and fresh flowers. It really gave the appearance of an alter honoring one of the animals which make barbecue possible.

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