Mount Rainier National Park

Following our time in Olympic National Park, we traveled 4 hours to Mount Rainier National Park.  On our way, we stopped at a roadside stand for some Mexican food, like an oasis in the desert.  LOL...

 We arrived at our campsite at Cougar Rock Campground, right in the park, and, while exploring our site, found this tucked into one of the logs there. Such a sweet sign for us on this journey.
 Evening walk to check out our surroundings...

 Games before dinner...

 Heading out the next morning to explore the Paradise portion of the park...
 Mount Rainier in all of its glory!

 We did a hike called the "Skyline Trail," which connected to the "Upper Skyline Trail," which ran us up close and personal with Mount Rainier.  All in, we walked about 8 miles, and climbed over 1800 vertical feet.  It was touch and go at points, but all four kids did it with no assistance.  Justin and I were so incredibly proud of them, and I know they were so proud of themselves also.

 GORGEOUS wildflowers at every turn!

 Taking pics of the marmots.  Hayden counted 36 on our hike, and loved updating us on the "Marmot count" as we hiked.  Hilarious!

 A marmot friend.

 Getting close to the summit of our hike.  There was a lot of fog that day, and Rainier peeked in and out of the clouds for some good views as we hiked.

 The kids were mesmerized that we were actually "in the clouds," and Brady later told the ranger that this was his favorite thing about the day.

 At the top of our hike!  So tired, but so happy!

 After our hike, we got some ice cream at the Paradise Lodge, and the kids worked on their Junior Ranger books.  We were all tired, but felt so good.

 Swearing in as Junior Rangers!

Onward to Bend, Oregon!


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