We spent a long weekend at Mount Rainier National park camping and celebrating Micah’s birthday. We had a pretty good weather (Saturday night was freezing), a great time hiking (despite the snow) and spending nights by the fire. Here are some of the highlights from our weekend.
We tried to go on a 6 mile (uphill) hike on Sunday but we got about 5 miles through and had to stop because the snow was 4 feet deep and we couldn’t find the trail. Very lame. But I digress, the start of the hike is here. We sat on the rocks and soaked up the view (and sun) for a long time before starting.
I saw this log on the hike and had to take a picture because it looked so much like a turtle’s head.
On the way back to our campsite we saw this fox who managed to grab what we think is a deer’s leg. We’re sure he didn’t take down the deer himself so we hurried along just incase his hunting buddies (bears) came by.
On Monday we took a different scenic road out of the park and stopped a couple times to check out the views. It’s a amazing to live in a fairly big city, drive for a little less than 2 hours and find yourself here.
Why did the marmot cross the road? Beats me. We were driving along and saw this guy just chillin’. We aren’t sure what he (or she) was up to but it didn’t appear to be hurt – just hanging out trying to get a tan.
We stopped right before we left the park for one last hike. It was short but took to a bridge over this canyon. Look at how smooth the rocks are – amazing.
Since we’re doing a joint fancy birthday dinner (our birthdays are a weeks apart) on Saturday, we decided to buy some nice steaks from Whole Foods and have a mini BBQ to celebrate Micah’s actual birthday.
I bought him a few small presents and something I wasn’t 100% sure he’d like.
Yes, LEGOS! It wasn’t just any set of legos, it was Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater set from the Architectural collection. It normally retails for $124 but I got a steal of a deal a month ago. It wasn’t cheap but it wasn’t ridiculous. He loved it and spent the rest of the night putting it together.
Success! Now we just have to decide where to put it.
I hate to end on a not so positive note but I am officially a pie crust failure. This blackberry custard pie tasted good but looked like a hot mess. I’ve had to call in the Pie Professional (our friend Jen) who will be schooling me on the fine art of pie making next week.
We hope everyone had a great weekend and again, Happy Birthday Micah! (and Claire!)