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.. 


Afterwards we headed to Seattle

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Jackie Harrison said...

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

Kelly said...

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.

Elephant's Child said...

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

Kathrine Eldridge said...

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


Jodie's Touch of Style said...

These are such great memories for the kids!! You guys have the funnest outings!!

Stefanie said...

You look super cute! Glad you and the crew had a great time exploring and seeing nature.

Emmylou said...

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

Angela Pitout said...

what great adventures!

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Looks like a gorgeous area with a lot to see!

shwet said...

Wow!!!!! amazing pictures.

Rosanna said...

Wow, what incredible pictures! Looks like such a good trip!!
Have a lovely day :)
Rosanna x

Paola Lauretano said...

Super cute pics!
Kisses, Paola.


awhite said...

So pretty- I can just smell that fresh mountain air now!

Le Stylo Rouge

Kelsey Bang said...

those tree trunks are HUGE! what a fun adventure!

Couture Carrie said...

So beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!


Veronica Lee said...

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

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

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

Missymayification said...

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


Midnight Cowgirl said...

That looks like an incredible place to explore!

karen said...

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

Susie @ Mile High Dreamers said...

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

Carrie said...

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!


NotJessFashion said...

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

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

NotJessFashion said...

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

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

E said...

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

District of Chic

Sparkles and Lattes said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Sakuranko said...

Oh very wonderful photos
Cute family

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