Party Time in the Forest
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
15Trip End Mar 15, 2013
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Glenda and I were under the impression that this area was mostly all forest. To our surprise and with a mélange of city and park, it amazed us to find out how wrong we were and how different it is. Driving in, what seemed to be a park became super highways and cities sprouting and joining one after another, minus the skyscrapers. Truly, just as described, a mix feeling of what is what. There are four lane highways on both sides, and ramps in and out every couple of kilometers at most. Many of these ramps have traffic lights to ease the flow of traffic coming onto them and all of it moving at a fairly good clip
Wednesday was a cloudy and so we rested for the day. Went grocery shopping instead of to the park. It had to be done at some point so it was a good compromise. Our hope for a better next day was answered and Thursday was the only day without rain for the full next week. When it comes to luck, no doubt we got showered with it in the form of sunshine rather than rain.
Autumn, of course, brings out most vivid foliage colors with its blazing reds, fiery oranges and amazing yellows. Mount Rainier is the fourth largest mountain in the USA making a magnificent backdrop to an amazing potpourri of colors. Combine this with the eternal snow and it all amounts to real spectacle. I should mention that it is a paradise for professional photographers, allowing the rest of us to, in the least, really look like one! It will be almost impossible to take a wrong picture here. With 247 pictures and videos combined between the two of us, editing will not be a walk in the park, pardon the pun for using such a well used expression though.
The sounds of fast water running in creeks and rivers, the singing of birds, chirping of squirrels, the refreshing smells of the forest etc., were relaxing as it usually is when plugging in with mother nature.
Most relaxing and enjoyable visit to say the least.