ABC Wednesday is finishing its second round.
Think about joining us for the next
round. It's hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt, so
visit her to find all the rest of the Xs
and see how to join us.
X is for Xquisite views that Xalt the Creator, Xhilerate the spirit, and provide for Xtraordinary adventures.
(And I know I can't spell.)
I am taking the opportunity to share some Mt. Rainier National Park photos that I have not used for other letters in the alphabet. They come from all corners of the park, and range from the tiny to vast views, and they are in no particular order.
A view from the Naches Loop Trail.
Winter view? Actually this was taken May 6, 2007, when the park reopened six months after the floods and slides. The ski patrol had already been out to begin marking the trail.
Logs play host to tiny fungus. I find this piece to be intriguing.
A meadow view--"shaggy heads" predominant. These are the seed heads of the anenome or pasqueflower. (An early bloom was in last week's W with water droplets on it.)
A view south from Sourdough Ridge across the White river Valley to Governor's Ridge.
Suspension bridge over the Carbon River. Access to the trailheads and campsites in the northwest corner of the park is now by foot or bicycle, as the road was washed out by the floods. (Okay, Katney, go ahead, Xhale, inhale, Xhale--just breathe! It's perfectly safe.)
An Xquisite find--a trillium. It is a protected species, and we saw several during one hike last month.
An autumn view from the Frying Pan Creek trail.
There's a fungus amongus! I am always amazed at the Xtensive variety of fungus to be seen.
Governor's Ridge again, this time from the Owyhigh Lakes Trail.
Who goes there? Won't know till he X-its.
Marmot Xpresses attitude!
Looking down into Berkeley Park. (A park is an open area, usually in a valley, often containing meadows.)
The snout of the Carbon Glacier. The Emmons Glacier, which is seen from the Sunrise area, is the most Xpansive in surface area, but the Carbon Glacier in the northwest of the park is larger in volume because of its depth.
Flowers in the high tundra can be Xtremely tenacious.
A fall Xcursion to Owyhigh Lakes from the south.
You may find me Xcentrically obsessed with this mountain and its surrounds. You may be Xhausted with my wanderings there. Do pardon me if I waX Xtatic with its majesty, with the intricacy of the details of its multiple ecosystems, with the Xtremes it can present.
We had another Xtreme as we camped on Sunday evening. A thunderstorm raged around us for three hours straight. Though thunderstorms are not uncommon in the mountains, three hours was Xtremely rare. More Xcitement than I needed.
If you visit the Pacific Northwest, let me know, I'd love to take you hiking. (We'll choose a day without thunder.)