After the hike

I have just returned from a week’s vacation to my previous home state of Washington.  Accompanied by unusually cool temperatures and a handful of my dear friends I was able to walk and hike my way through old stomping grounds, and even explore some new ones.  After a 5-mile Rampart Ridge hike at Mount Rainier we found the perfect way to relax — beers on the porch of the National Park Inn with a view up the valley to the mountain.  A few days later I was walking along a 2-mile boardwalk over the Nisqually River delta while the tide was returning.  That was followed by exploring the Lavender Festival and various artist’s studios while in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula.  And my final “hike” was an urban one around Green Lake in Seattle, followed by a great seafood dinner.  My rainy and cool trip to the Pacific Northwest ended with a late-night flight back to the heat and humidity that’s gripping the midwest.  Traveling east we flew past the mountains and across the plains, leaving the pinks of the sunset behind us.  And with towering thunder clouds and lightning storms off to the north, we landed into the bright lights of the Twin Cities.  A quick trip filled with shared conversations, laughs, great food, abundant memories, and a bevy of best friends!

4 thoughts on “After the hike

  1. Beth July 18, 2011 / 10:31 am

    Beautiful!! Love the shot of boots and real beer glasses. Serious hikers don’t drink out of plastic.

  2. Melinda July 18, 2011 / 12:52 pm

    MUST have been taken @ Longmire.
    Doesn’t look like the view from my deck…. 😉

  3. Joan July 18, 2011 / 5:54 pm

    Glad we could provide you with some rain just so you remember what you are missing. Great to have you here, thanks for making the trek!

  4. joani July 19, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    Home. No wine, no Rainier, no lavender, but lots of humidity!!!! Did some fun shooting in KS, NE, ND,SD and relatives. 30 year reunion in 97 deg and 80+ humidity. To much food, can tell with my pants, the ones I left at home.
    Many sites along I-90 and Best Western hotel of choice…..We traded places and both had a good time…………
    Returned to the yellow and green colors of the PNW and all the shapes and lines that go with it………..

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