Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mount Rainier Camping 2012

 The temps in Portland were expected to be in the 100's and we had an invitation to camp at Mt. Rainer with our friends.  I was 34 weeks pregnant but still ready to camp at one of my favorite places on earth!

We got to Cougar Rock Campground in the evening, and joined our friends, Mike and Janelle and their family.  It was a beautiful, warm evening in the park.

The next day we took a hike on part of the Wonderland Trail that heads down to Box Canyon.  We enjoyed some waterfalls and forest along the way.

The mountain wildflowers were great and we were able to learn more about their pollinating at the Junior Ranger program in the evening.

We cooled off at a waterfall and enjoyed some wonderful views of Mt. Rainier along the way.

After our hike, we headed to Paradise to enjoy more flowers and mountain views from there.  In the evening, the kids really liked the Junior Ranger program.

The next day, we took a walk down to Longmire and returned by shuttle.  Then on the way out of the park we found a fantastic swimming hole on the Ohanapicosh River.

What a wonderful time with friends, wilderness, refreshing mountain streams and rivers, and beautiful mountains and wildflowers.

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