You know you’re going to miss a place when you can go on a random Thursday afternoon road trip with your awesome neighbors to say goodbye to your favorite mountain.
It started off cloudy
We stopped at the Box Canyon on the way – it was such a steep and narrow drop that a picture doesn’t adequately encompass it.
We hiked the short Grove of the Patriarchs that we think should be renamed – or at least get us our own Matriarch Grove.
The trail was short, but full of giants.
And required crossing a cool bridge.
There were plenty of photos taken, but none do it complete justice.
Anna’s water bottle to commemorate her first time at Mount Rainier matches mine.
The largest trees had a built walkway around them.
You couldn’t help but look UP.
Is this real life? Is this Thursday?
When we emerged from the forest we caught our first glimpse of the Mountain. She had been obscured by clouds all day.
See?! She is SO BIG!
I have amazing friends
After stopping at all the view points, we popped into the Paradise Visitor’s Center. Seattle may be getting ready to slide into the sea in the coming Big Earthquake, but we’re safe if Rainier erupts:
The clouds obscured the summit before we were done – so we headed home.
I will miss this Mountain and all her beauty. I will miss my dear friends. I will miss all of this so much. But how lucky am I that I have so many amazing things to miss?