Me? I have been hiking the last two weekends. Where? Where else? Mt. Rainier.
On July 17 I took a couple of short hikes--one around Tipsoo Lake and the other along the Silver Forest Trail. The image in my header--taken from this one-- is from the parking area at Tipsoo Lake on that day.
On July 24 I hiked the Naches Loop Trail and learned (1) there is more uphill than I remember. (2) A lot of people hike it counterclockwise and miss the sudden bend where the mountain appears suddenly before you. Travel the whole way without that view--with the mountain behind them. So sad! (3) I am woefully out of shape. My legs were like jelly when I completed the loop and are still sore on Thursday.
Water, wildflowers, and that wondrous view were the main attractions on that day. Here are some shots.
|I may have missed the peak of the wildflowers but they were still in abundance.|
|Avalanche Lilies ( I think--I confuse them with the yellow Glacier Lilies).|
|and they were in abundance as well.|
|A bit of waterfall. Many spots where the water falls on the rocky east side of the loop.|
|Dewey Lake. Do you see the sparkle?|
|You probably do now.|