Here She is...

Trip Start Jun 11, 2012
Trip End Sep 24, 2012

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

This morning we planned to hike the Glacier Basin trail.  It begins in our loop of the CG and runs for about three miles or so to the south, more or less.  It has a branch to the Emmons Moraine, which we might take.  Before we left, I had a bit of work to do.  Last night, again, I saw a mouse skitter across the floor, just before I went to bed.  I set a trap for him, but he cleaned off the peanut butter expertly and also got all of the almonds out of our pack.  Trick little bugger he is.  I searched around the engine cover and discovered an opening large enough for six mice abreast to pass through.  With some available materials, including the blessed duct tape, I think that I got it closed.  Tonight will tell the tale.

We had breakfast and took off on our adventure.  The trail passes through beautiful and fairly steep country.  There are lots of springs and falls that pass under it.  The flora, as nearly everywhere near hear is glorious.  We hiked at a steady pace and soon found the fork to the Emmons Moraine. It looked do-able.  We crossed a narrow bridge and started to climb on a narrow trail cut into rather soft earth.  Not a nice place to be.  Lynnie turned to me and said, “I don’t think I want to do this.”  I agreed.  We turned back to the Glacier Basin Trail.  The photos will give you a good idea why we made our decision.

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...
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photodon on

Yup. That convinced me. Gotta get there.

Melanie on

Looks like you guys are having fun! Love and miss you!

Dennis on

Some great photos Ralph.

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