Big Trees at Mount Rainier

We returned to Mount Rainier over Labor Day weekend for a mini-vacation, and while heavy clouds kept us from getting a clear look at the mountain until we were driving out on Monday, we still got some nice hikes in, including a walk through Grove of the Patriarchs. A boardwalk loop takes you through a stand of enormous old-growth cedars and Douglas-firs, some over a thousand years old, protected by their location on an island in the Ohanapecosh River. Walking among really big, really old trees is always a humbling experience, and this was no different.

I feel really fortunate to have such a beautiful national park within weekend getaway distance, and I can’t wait to go back (again)!



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