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- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
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- Non-smoking hotel
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... park, in the shadow of the snow-capped Mt. Ranier National Forest would be home for the night. I was disappointed that the park wifi had been out for over a year but was still being advertised..grrrr. But, the public library was just across the street and I was able to logon. Bud picked a spot under the shade of a huge conifer...some type of pine or maybe a redwood. The bathrooms were clean and a nice hot shower was in order. It was a good day.
Once I got over the ridge, it was a pretty quick, AKA steep, trail down to the trailhead. I stopped on the way for a little half mile side trip to the ruins of an old fire lookout tower. It was a steep climb up to it with similar views that I had all morning but at least now it is checked off the list.The thing about hiking is it really is one foot in front of the other. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Little steps or big steps, it ...
... meadows and lakes, glacier views and from the highest point at 2nd Burrough the feeling you could reach out and touch Mt Rainier. This point is also higher than our own Mt Kosciusko , maybe what we call mountains aren't really at all! Had my first walk through a bear active area, (I'm not too sorry we didn't see any!) and across an ice field Strange to see so much ice and snow in mid ...
... we wonder if the tragic party that all lost their lives started their fatal last journey from here.
we decide to head back towards Packwood down WA 52 a lovely little road going through the Gifford Pinchet National Forest which follows the river and becomes a bit bumpy near the end whilst we also see a couple of elk on the road and they soon run into the woods.We get back into town and fill the car and after initial trouble getting cash we buy groceries and wine and head ...
... us a single walk way bridge leading to trees that would almost rival the redwoods we saw. The next stop along was Box Canyon and this was a narrow canyon where melting water from the glaciers runs through. Our last stop was a 2.5 mile hike to Bench and Snow lake. The hike was scenic due to the Autumn colors starting to come through on all of the trees and bushes. To say the least we were tired from a long day and headed back to our campsite to relax by the fire.