Archive for the ‘Washington’ Category

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One Stop Shopping

September 15, 2008

I bt they h_ve great Holidy Partie

(Sumner, WA)

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Mt Rainier

September 13, 2008

Michele and I took advantage of the great weather by taking a trip to Mt Rainier.

I have a confession to make. This is my first trip to Mt Rainier. I’ve skied at Crystal Mountain, which is on the edge of the park, but that is as close as I had been.

Around here, Mt Rainier is simply, The Mountain. It towers over the landscape. At 14,410 feet, it is the 20th tallest mountain in the US and the 5th tallest in the Lower 48. However, its topographic prominence, or the measure of how much a mountain stands above the landscape around it, is the 4th highest in North America.

We left Seattle around Noon and even with a 30 minute traffic jam, were at the National Park by 2:45 pm. We drove up to the Lake Mowich campground which is at 4929 feet. There were a couple sections of road that got my heart beating, with a 1000 foot drop and no guardrail, but besides that, it was an easy drive.

The pictures are from Mowich Lake and the Spray Park Waterfall. This area is ~4 miles and 10,000 feet from the summit of Mt Rainier.

On the Google Maps photo, Mowich Lake is marked in green and the Spray Falls Trail in red.

Oh yeah, did I mention the fact that Mt Rainier is an active volcano?  The last eruptions were in the 1940’s and were fairly minor.  The last major eruption was around 1000 years ago.

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Wedding Pictures

September 8, 2008

Here are a couple of photos from the wedding.

We’ll upload the rest of them to a photo sharing site once we get them and I’ll post the link.  You can click each photo to enlarge.

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And now, for your local Volcano report

January 21, 2008

Mt St Helens is in a bit of a mood these days. Fortunately, it was clear today and I was able to capture this picture from the Web Cam. The bright white spot floating in the center of the crater is steam from the ongoing eruption.

Mt St Helens January

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Here’s a similar photo I took in the fall of 2006 during the last eruption. Again, you can make out some steam rising from the center of the crater.

Mt St Helens Summer

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I tell ya, active volcanoes have a way of reminding you how small we are and how little time we really have.

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2007
Snowy Seattle Christmas
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In from one trip and out for another

November 29, 2007

Thanksgiving was great. The house we stayed in was one of the coolest places I’ve ever had the fortune to hang in. The view (as you can see) was amazing.

Thanksgiving House

But now, it’s back to the road as I head home to Indiana for a few days. I don’t imagine I’ll be blogging much so until then, au revoir.

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Turkey Day!

November 21, 2007

No posting for a couple of days as we’re heading west towards the Hood Canal for a Thanksgiving extravaganza.

We got a house full of people, a turkey to fry and all of the fixings.  My brother and a friend of ours from High School are in the air, winging their way towards Seattle as I type.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!