Here She is...
Trip Start Jun 11, 2012
15Trip End Sep 24, 2012
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We had breakfast and took off on our adventure. The trail passes through beautiful and fairly steep country
Once back on the trail, we met six “mature” hikers who had been up here for years. They were also heading up to the Basin. Apparently, in the nineteen twenties, there was a mine up there, including a power plant and a hotel. It worked until the late fifties when the Park Service took it over. It sounded interesting, but at about two miles up, Lynnie and I agreed that we had enough for one day, two hiking days in a row were enough.
We returned to camp, having hiked about four and a half miles. We both felt good and that’s a good sign.
After lunch we drove back to this side of Chinook Pass to Lake Tipsoo. It’s a small lake surrounded by wildflowers. It looked like spring! There are lupine galore as well as a new variety, to us, of Paintbrush called the Magenta Paintbrush. I got a couple decent pictures of it. The top of Mount Rainier is visible from this lake. It’s amazing in that our campground is at about 4,400 feet. The top of rainier is at 15,500 feet. You can figure the difference. An amazing place here at Mount Rainier National Park. If you haven’t visited or have just driven through, it behooves you to spent a few days and hike some of the trails. We’ve been coming though since the late eighties and this is our first time we’ve spent enough time to truly appreciate the place. White River Campground is truly a choice place to camp. I’d rate it at a nine out of ten.
Tomorrow we’re off to Lisa and Rich’s. We’ll dump our tanks and get fuel enroute and then be ready to settle in for a few days. More of our “adventures” later on. Thanks for stopping by. Any comments are always appreciated...