Friday, July 22, 2011

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Tonight is our last night on the West Coast. By 6:30 Sunday morning we'll be in the sweltering heat of NYC. (I'm convinced that everything in our apartment has melted)

We've had a great time out here and I'm not really ready to go back. Friday was an amazing day, we went to Mt. Rainier! We did a little 'hiking' in Discovery Park Wednesday morning, but today was really the only time we actually hiked. And it was so much fun!! I was worried this morning because I did not sleep well last night and we've been doing a lot of walking around the city, climbing steep hills, and running or working out in the hotel gym each morning. Thankfully, my knee and legs cooperated and I was ready to go!! 

We chose two easy hikes, two intermediate and one quick climb down and up to see the absolutely stunning Narada Falls! We also drove along the South and East sides of the park, and stopped at Paradise, which is where a lot of hard core hikers leave to summit the mountain! It was hilarious to see casual tourists wearing everything from flip flops to dresses and then hikers and snowboarders in all their gear! I guess we were somewhere in between! The only real hiking gear we have is the backpack we bought at REI earlier this week!
Carter Falls
Paradise Lodge
(yes, that's snow. it was crazy.)
Mt. Rainier
We really could not have had a more beautiful day for hiking. At least not that I know of! I wish we had time to do more hiking since there are so many places to go! I also wish we had a chance to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding; it looks so cool!

Next time I write, I'll be back in NYC. Have a great weekend!

  • Do you like hiking?
  • Have you ever tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding?
  • How are you coping with the heat?


H Love said...

great pics! i didn't realize you were in the PNW! Hope it was great!

Echo said...

I love Mt.Rainier. I visited there on winter and it's so much fun. Seattle is one of my favorite cities. Now, NYC is my favorite one, but sometimes, I really miss Seattle.