This is us and the start of our beautiful journey. Everything we own in our backpacks, no vehicle, and 10 National Parks in three weeks. Sounds a little silly, but we’re pretty silly humans.
Day three of our trip, we find ourselves traveling around Olympic National Park with Seth and Taryn. Taryn and Blake worked together in Yellowstone, the summer of 2009, and haven’t seen each other since. Taryn and Seth were kind enough to put us up and show us around, our first few days in Washington. First stop, Ruby Beach.
Waking up in a cozy cabin amongst the rainforest was a beautiful way to start our day. Morning meditation by the fire followed by a beautiful breakfast was icing on the cake. Scratch that, I’m not a fan of icing, how about ice cream. Yeeeaaaaa. We started backtracking north to check out a hot spring that was over an hour away, only to become super carsick. Blehg, no fun. Decided against back tracking over an hour, and voted on checking out Skokomish Park instead, which made much more sense, since it was on our way back to Olympia. The dense rainforest was covered in thick moss and mushrooms lined the trailhead. BAM! This was exactly what we had envisioned of Olympic National Park. 1 National Park down, 9 more to go.
I haven’t seen Trina in a year and a half and was missing her something fierce. Before I left Colorado, Trina told me on Facebook that she would be in the area at the same time. Perfect! As plans can be on the road, things came together last minute when Taryn offered her car to us the next day to explore the Mt. Rainier area. We picked Trina up around 10am, and much to my surprise another old friend who Trina and I worked with in Yellowstone National Park, back in 2009, was there as well, Chris. We reminisced about all the crazy and great people we worked with that summer the whole ride there. The trail we picked was the Skyline Trail. A 5.5 mile loop that took us by 4 waterfalls and sweeping views of the cascades in all directions. From Panorama Point you can see Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Plummer Peak, Pinnacle Peak, Castle Peak, and Goat Rocks. One cool thing they all have in common is that they are all volcanoes! Mt. Rainier is considered to be the most dangerous of them all because of the glaciers. It is also the tallest mountain in Washington at 14,410. The tallest mountain in Colorado is Mt. Elbert at 14,440 and is the second highest mountain in the contiguous United States. The tallest is Mt. Whitney at 14,505. BAM! National Park number 2 is under our belts.
5 days, 2 National Parks, 1 website built, and this is only post number one. Not a bad start. Thank you for reading till the end. Even though I am sure it was a heart gripping experience that you just couldn’t pull yourself away from! LOL. Stay tuned for Wandering Washington Part 2!!!