Alexander's Country Inn, Restaurant & Day Spa
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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... the Northwest, I was impressed the Florida folks found it.
I did a quick tour of the town, I spent some time watching the elk herd that has taken over the town. Before leaving civilization, such as it was, I stopped at the tiny grocery store for some additional provisions and a can of beer to while away the hour at the trailhead before it would be dark enough to go to sleep.I found the last real parking spot at the trailhead and set up the back of the car for sleeping. ...
... is making me sound like someone afraid of her own shadow. I don't have much experience with mountains, especially up close and right there, being all huge. I'm used to seeing mountains hovering in the distance like a majestic rock deity in the sky or viewing them from a safe distance above while flying. Rainier is glorious. I gasped each new time I saw it. Really.
I had waited until noon to leave and it was now almost 5:00, so I was in a hurry to find ...
... the Mount Rainier cherries which we are allowed to taste and do so eagerly we purchase an enormous punnet of dark ones and an equally enormous punnet of strawberry cherries(yes strawberry cherries) which actually taste slightly of strawberry but even more weirdly cherry we heave our cargo and drive the main area of Naches which resembles a ghost town as do most of the small towns in the area.
We head back towards Packwood and on route notice on the cars temperature ...
... exited the Park and although we learned a lot about Mt. Rainier, we felt bad that we didn't actually see it. About half way home, we pulled over to change drivers and looked up and there was Mt. Rainier! Clouds were still below the summit, but the top of the mountain was peaking out of the clouds and made for a great picture! Now that's the way to end a day!!!
... top and come back to base camp and stay one more night at base camp. This would give Paul time to rest, but this was not an option for us because there are more avalanches in the day. The only way to summit is to leave between 9 PM at night and 1 AM in the morning and this would not be possible for Paul to make it up. Our guide didn't bring a tarp to go underneath our tent and we had to sleep on the snow. Our tent was too small ...