In 2009 when Rachel and I spent 3 weeks in the Pacific Northwest I took a few photos that required some additional post-processing. I started that work back then but life got in the way and they’ve stayed in a work-in-progress folder on my computer for years. I figured I might as well throw them out there as-is since they most likely won’t get any farther.
Our trek from Glacier National Park back to Portland was rather uneventful, and yet satisfying. We drove all the way through, only stopping in Coeur D’Alene for lunch (which was a completely unexpected yet beautiful city in Idaho). Again, somewhere in Montana we hit a giant hailstorm of bugs. We seemed to literally drive through a wall of them with some as big as your fist.
As we drove through the dry areas, we watched the outside temperature gauge in the car reach as high as 106ºF. Rachel wanted to know what that feels like, so at 70Mph we opened the windows and stuck our arms out. It felt just like a blow dryer, and closed went the windows.
Along the way we saw a ton of dust devils, which is kind of neat as I don’t remember ever seeing them this large before. They look like mini tornadoes, and they seemed to tear across the skyline with a fury.
After crossing into Oregon we followed the Columbia River along I84, a large section of which we had taken before. As the sun set, we were provided beautiful views of Mt Hood clear as day right over the river. The most beautiful sight however was as we were passing Multnomah Falls and the sunlight was peaking through some clouds so only the falls were lit up. It almost made us turn around, but we pushed on.
We arrived at George and Stacie’s with just enough time to show them some pictures and then head to bed.
Even just driving through, the scenery out here is beautiful and fulfilling.
Friday we headed out for Mount Rainier. After seeing the mountain hovering over the city last night at sunset we just had to. It took longer to drive there than we expected, a little over 2 hrs to Paradise but it was well worth it. The scenery and the view of the mountain were fantastic.
We would have gone for a good little hike but Rachel wore sandals on this of all days… So we settled for a short trek out to Nisqually Vista, an overlook of the largest glacier on Mount Rainier. However; while walking along we crossed several snow fields and talked to a few people that were coming back. Apparently the trail was covered with even more snow ahead, and since we weren’t prepared for trail hiking we headed back. The views were did have, through the alpine flower fields was still gorgeous.
After getting back to Seattle we headed over to the shoreline to take the Harbor tour that came with the City Pass. It was very interesting! The most interesting thing we learned was how Seattle got it’s name and how it first started. As it turns out, Seattle was first settled on a peninsula on the other side of the bay. When settled (in the middle of the summer) it was very pleasant, but when the winter came it was anything but. After suffering for a period of time the native Chief Sealth and his people came to the aide of the settlers and helped them move across the bay where the weather was a bit subdued. They wanted to honor him by naming the city Sealth but in their culture their name cannot be spoken after they are past and having a city named after him would not allow this. To compromise they named the city Seattle, essentially an Americanized version of the chief’s name.
After the tour we were a bit tired so we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed a nice relaxing evening. We watched Saving Private Ryan and said goodnight.