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Mount Rainier National Park

We said our goodbyes to Oregon and crossed the Bridge of the Gods on our way into Washington State. We made a 3ish hour drive, most of it through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and with no bars! We stopped for a moment to see Mount St. Helen (which I did not know was an active volcano, that last erupted in 1980) before heading to Mount Rainier.

 
At Mount Rainier National Park there are a multitude of hikes to choose from.. we started with the kid friendly Grove of the Patriarchs. It is approxamately a 1 mile loop where you walk along the Ohanapecosh River to an island of ancient Western red-cedar, Douglas-fir, and Western hemlock.



We crossed a small suspension to get to the island.


Some of the trees here were over 1000 years old and as wide as 50ft in circumference.



 
We ended up spending far more time at the Grove running circles around the trees.. Initially after this particular hike we had planned on hiking the Paradise trail but instead decided to do Sunrise instead.. Sunrise is the park highest visitor center at an elevation of 6400 feet. It was stunning.. the drive up was a bit scary.. mainly because since I wan't doing the driving I had the opportunity to look down and see just how far down the drop was.. Mount Hood was a nothing compared to the glory of Mount Rainier.. 



Magnificent!

Afterwards we headed to Seattle

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28 comments:

  1. What a beautiful you guys visit and a beautiful family who enjoy it.

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  2. You're a young thing. ;) I remember vividly when Mt. St. Helen erupted!!

    Even a photo of y'all crossing that suspension bridge makes my heart race. I'm not sure I could have done it.

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  3. Wow, wow and wow. You have visited some truly beautiful places.
    Love that second photo in particular.

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  4. This looks amazing! It remind me of our trip to Sequoia.

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  5. These are such great memories for the kids!! You guys have the funnest outings!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
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  6. You look super cute! Glad you and the crew had a great time exploring and seeing nature.

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  7. Oh wow! Look at those trees!!!! And Hena, you're so lucky the kiddos are good at long driving. If that was us, a few would've been left on the side of the road with all the bickering that would've happened:D

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  8. Looks like a gorgeous area with a lot to see!

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  9. Wow!!!!! amazing pictures.

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  10. Wow, what incredible pictures! Looks like such a good trip!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  11. So pretty- I can just smell that fresh mountain air now!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  12. those tree trunks are HUGE! what a fun adventure!
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  13. So beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  14. How cool that some of the trees are over 1000 years old!!!!

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  15. What a truly gorgeous hike! Looks like you had beautiful weather too.

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  16. Ah gotta love nature. Look at that incredible view as well. Lovely family photos. :-)

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  17. That looks like an incredible place to explore!

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  18. I bet the trees look bigger in person! love when you photo the family all together - joyful!

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  19. I so love all the giant trees! Your kiddos are so lucky to have all of these amazing adventures :). I love how much you guys explore nature!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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  20. Your boys are so lucky to get to see so much. That family photo of y'all by that HUGE tree. Crazy. It really shows you how big it is!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  21. This looks so much fun! Your photos are really adorable dear. What a great experience, especially for the kids.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  22. This looks so much fun! Your photos are really adorable dear. What a great experience, especially for the kids.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  23. This is so beautiful! I would love to take my little guy!

    District of Chic

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  24. Such cool adventures through Mt. Rainer. I love going there. The trees are soooo huge!!!

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  25. Fantastic photos and views!!
    Have a nice day!
    Gil Zetbase

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  26. Oh very wonderful photos
    Cute family
    xx

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