Sunday, August 24th- Mount Rainier National Park Day 1- Spray Park Hike
Last weekend, we finally ventured closer to that majestic peak that looms on the horizon, visible from our window on sunny days: Mount Rainier. Since I am NOT a camper, we found a cheap motel room in Buckley for one night and spent two days hiking out from Lake Mowich. One the first day we took the trail to Spray Falls, an enormous 600 ft tall waterfall, where we stopped to eat part of our lunch before continuing on along a (tough!) trail that led above the falls to a gorgeous meadow that provided picturesque views of the Mountain. We even saw a few wildflowers even though we were late in the season. We came back down, at a bit more beside Lake Mowich and then headed down the crazy long gravel road out of the park. Before heading to our motel for the night we hit up a great small town bar, Wilkeson Saloon. It reminded me a little bit of the place I used to tend bar. I highly recommend it to those returning from a long hike.
I’ll post Day 2 of our Mount Rainier pics tomorrow!