Pink Haze

liDue to forest fires in Canada, Seattle has been covered in a haze of smoke. While we’ve been advised that could be damaging to breath for long periods of time, it acts as a massive light diffuser. In the early morning everything has an amazing orange-pink glow.

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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

The Journey Home

After the day in Colorado we returned to are odd little motel as we wound need to get up very early to get us all to the airport. A fitting last picture for the vacation is Mt. Rainier as seen from the flight before landing in Seattle.

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Mt Rainier

It has taken me so long to go trough my photos and upload all the posts with captions from this vacation that this weekend the Bostonians are flying our to Seattle to visit again.

A Little Piece of Pax

This past weekend, while I was busy finishing moving out of my old apartment; Seattle’s well know gaming convention, the Penny Arcade eXpo, was in full swing. As busy as I was I was still able to make it to PAX for a few days it was here. While a full write up of what I played and what I though while pressed into the sardine can that was the Seattle Convention Center, I’ll show off the only merchandise that I though was worthy of a purchase all weekend.

Miniature Dice, from the Chessex booth.
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Always ready for the next adventure.

Springtime in the Pacific Northwest

Although those in New York and Boston might not remember the meaning of the word it seems like spring has come to the Pacific northwest. The once forgotten sun has started to emerge between the gray clouds and the weather has started to warm up.

This weekend, warm and sunny, I saw flowers in bloom, and buds on the trees. Though Punxsutawney Phil may say there are 6 more weeks of winter it seems that the weather here is not listening. There could not have been better weather this weekend for valentines day, and I hope that the sun will continue to beat out the rain as the axis or rotation starts shifting back towards us up North.