Saturday, March 29, 2008

Photo Hunt--Theme: High

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The Photo Hunt theme for March 29 is high.

Here are a number of pictures taken at Mt. Rainier National Park which illustrate some of the high places we hike in the summer (well, and some in the fall and some winter.) These are in no particular order, so I may have you bouncing back and forth for references to other pictures.


On the way up the hill to Sunrise we could see Mt. Adams in the distance to the south on July 3, 2007. (We see it from home from a different angle.)


Nov. 2, 2007 High above Highway 123--the Eastside Road. The Eastside Road had reopened just days before after damage from the floods of the previous November. (More about that 2006 storm below.)


Also taken on the November 2 hike. A view of Mt. Rainier from high on Chinook Pass.



From high on the Burroughs Mountain trail we can see Glacier Peak in the far distance to the north. The Mount Fremont Lookout is on the nearer promontory. Taken in late July, 2007.


High above the clouds that were blanketing the White River Valley, late August, 2007.



High along the Burroughs Mountain trails at the end of August, 2007.

No matter where you hike the Mountain Peak is high above you.



Is this a winter photo? NO. Taken on May 6, 2007 from Paradise. May 6 the Park reopened, just six months to the day after the park received 18 inches of rain in 36 hours. Repair to damaged roads and other infrasturcture had to be done before the park could be reopened to the public. Repair to trails and campgrounds continued through the summer and there is yet more to be done. As National Park Volunteers, we were invited to participate in the reopening ceremonies on May 6.



High above the Emmons Glacier on the Rim Trail


Looking down from high on the Sourdough Trail you can see part of the Wonderland Trail. The Wonderland Trail circles Mt. Rainier for a hiking distance of about 90 miles. Most backpackers who do the trail in one visit take nine to eleven days. Most backpackers who do this are quite a bit younger than we are. We hope to do a piece of the trail this coming summer, but we must decide which part we want to do for about a three day trip. Although we are avid campers and hikers, we have not backpacked before, so it will be an adventure. Seeing how much snow remained in early July, I think we will wait till August to do our trek.

Taken looking north from Sourdough ridge July 4, 2007. Glacier Peak is among the mountains in the distance.

Atop Mt. Fremont--near the lookout shown earlier. This was also July 4. In addition to the floods of November, 2006, winds connected to the storms blew the newly refurbished roof off the lookout. Repairs had not been made yet when we visited.

36 comments:

June said...

Beautiful country, that's for sure. Your pictures capture it well. And I'm so impressed with you hiking about at those elevations!

Dragonstar said...

OK, I give in - your mountains are much bigger than mine!

These are such beautiful and awe-inspiring shots.

Deb said...

Your photos are breathtaking! Such beauty! Good luck with your hike this year :)

Pretty Life Online said...

wow! Fantastic shots! My 'high' is posted now too, I hope you can drop by. Happy Weekend!!!

JC said...

Wonderful shots! Sure makes one long for summertime.

imac said...

What can one say BUT its Beautiful.
A great collection of Mountain High Post.
Love the one above the clouds, makes you feel free from all the problems and worries up there.

rajson said...

Those photos are so beautiful!
It´s something speciful with hig mountains, they get you feel so small.
Happy weekend!

Liz said...

THose are certainly high mountains. Very beautiful countryside.

Yoshi said...

awesome shots. I don't know why I didn't choose mt. rainier as some shots. LOL I definitely took enough of them. Maybe some other time. :D

I haven't done any trail hiking though. Maybe someday!

A. said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures!! I wish I lived near some mountains, they are so magnificent.

Jenty said...

What beautiful scenery!! I love them all!

Patricia said...

Definitely high places - and beautiful photographs, too! Nothing like that in south Florida! I'm trying not to be jealous! =) Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

charm said...

wow, what a fantastic place!

your photos are great for toda's theme.

happy hunting!

diXymiss said...

Gorgeous, impressive shots from high up the majestic mountain. I'm now more determined than ever to visit. ThanX for the inspiration.

John said...

wow! Fantastic shots!
Great post Katney!

ancient one said...

Great Photos!! I actually felt high looking at them..LOL

Gypsy at heart said...

I LOVE the mountains and your phot-essay just reminds me how much I love them!

starnitesky said...

Your mountain photos are magnificent.I would love to visit the area. I have only managed hills!

denz said...

Wow! I love your picture, just keep it up and enjoy!!!

check mine also:
PHOTOHUNTER-1
PHOTOHUNTER-2

Happy Weekend guys!!!

BlogScope said...

I like the way you put consistency in your photography, indeed you have a very nice post!!!

Check mine HERE!!!

Have a great Weekend!!!

CrazyCath said...

They are stunning photos and those peaks are definitely HIGH!

I love the ones above the clouds. When I used to climb, it was really exhilarating to look down from a peak and see a veil of cloud below you. You've captured that feeling well in these photos for me. Thanks.

YTSL said...

Great pictures -- and in so many of them, the air looks so clear and fresh! Something that cannot be taken for granted and is increasingly to be treasured.

leslie said...

Gee, I don't know how I missed getting to you, but it was a weird day yesterday! These are stunning photos of the mountains, very crisp and clean - reminds me of home! lol

-TNChick- said...

Wow, sure is beautiful. A wonderful place to hike. I love that 5th photo!

TorAa said...

Brilliant PH entry for High.
I would so like to follow in your trials. Wonderful Nature.

ps. My "High" is even higher. Can you believe it?

jmb said...

Gorgeous country down there Katney. I think Mount Ranier is the perfect mountain. Have a good week.

PastorMac's Ann said...

These are WONDERFUL! I really really like the 2nd one looking down on the little strip of curvy road for the theme. Great pick our "high" theme and terrific photos too. Thanks for dropping by. I'm writing a "catch my friends up on our new adventures" post in my head. Hopefully I can get it on my blog in the not too distance future. ;-)

Anita said...

So beautiful... your photos are amazing!

jams o donnell said...

Wow what beautiful scenery! Great shots!

Ginni Dee said...

What beautiful photos!

archiearchive said...

I am so envious of countries which have real mountains - great shots for the theme.

Alice Audrey said...

Oh shoot! I live in Western Montana, and it never crossed my mind to go with a picture of or in the mountains. Doy!

JesieBlogJourney said...

Wow! Great shots of high. The snow makes the mountains so beautiful. But I'm not sure whether I can deal with climbing so high when it is snowy and cold.

When I was in Denver a couple of years ago, I read in the news about a couple of lost hikers because of a snowstorm.

Anna said...

Wow!!! Those are some beautiful photos, I enjoyed watching all of them. Thanks for sharing....
Mine is up Every Beat Of My Heart

Heart of Rachel said...

Such marvelous photos of breathtaking sceneries. Thank you for sharing them.

mistyeiz said...

o WOW!!! awesome shots.... :) Sorry I'm a bit late with the comment. :)