Monday, March 31, 2008
Sorry folks, I have to make the exception to my own rule this time. I have a second photo that makes clear what is odd about the first. To start with, take a look at this forest picture from our hike last Monday.
Probably everyone but Paulie thinks we're nuts for hiking in that snow. She understands. But that is not what is odd--that we would go out hiking in many feet of snow cover. Do you see what is odd in that photo? It doesn't show as well as it did in real time.
That tree looked perfectly normal at the top. Nice green needles--lovely form. I don't know where it fell from or how it is hanging. There don't seem to be any matching stumps or snags.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
What is it in a blog that keeps you going back?
I'm doing my thinking about it and here are some of the things that get my click:
1. Witty, well written look at daily life that includes humor, character, concern.
2. Thoughtful insights into issues--but not rambling on and on.
3. A picture is worth a thousand words--good choice of pictures to illustrate or enhance the thought.
4. A meaningful visit around the world.
6. This might seem to be a repeat of number 5, but I think it is different. I like a blogger who offers thoughtful comments on other's blogs.
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The Photo Hunt theme for March 29 is high.
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.
Friday, March 28, 2008
We've been doing the tourist thing with family in Seattle.
From the ferry ride
As my visiting grandson said, "We went to the Space Noodle."
Even I went to the top. I've been much less apprehensive of high places lately.
The Experience Music Project building at Seattle Center reflects the rides at the Fun Fair.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
All my pictures of the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise on Mount Rainier are taken in winter. In fact, we made a trip up there on Monday just to get some more shots.
Construction on the new visitor center began in 2006 and is going along well with completion expected this summer. We were surprised at how roomy it appears, as the description has been that it is much smaller than the current center.
Once the new building is complete and the exhibits ready for visitors, the old Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center will be demolished. It will certainly be different.
Just another day in Paradise!
Monday, March 24, 2008
How about five?
I can see clearly now...
All taken today at Mt. Rainier.
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If you do a Google search for "Poetry Post", you will be directed to innumerable forums and websites where people share, discuss, or ask and answer questions about poetry.
When I took this photo of the post in a yard I pass each day on my way into school, I had no idea what it was. I had passed it numerous times and wondered. I took the picture, thinking it would eventually be an odd shot.
In our staff notes for the following week was a note that the fourth grade would be going on a walking field trip to the poetry post.
Once it had been so identified, I questioned the teacher who was taking the kids to the post. Here is the background: the gentleman who owns the house was an English teacher in a nearby high school who encouraged the study and writing of poetry. He also has, in his home, a printing press--my impression being that it is a vintage one. Anyone can tack a poem to the post. He occasionally gathers them from the post, and has published a book of poems from the post.
I may not have all of that exactly right, but question those fourth graders and they will tell you that they have had their poetry published--on the poetry post.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Since some have asked, a nearby small community has bolstered its image and cleaned up its act over the last several years by taking on a dinosaur theme. A pond by the river, which had been a serious eyesore and rather dangerous looking place, has been cleaned up and rehabilitated and turned into a dinosaur park. Several dinosaurs "live" in its waters and along its shore, inviting folks to stroll and families to picnic. This dinosaur here is another addition near the freeway exit to the town.