Kent and Carol - Mobile travel blog

Riffe Lake as we were driving to Ashford, Washington

Lower Christine Falls

Upper Christine Falls

Mt. Rainier

Creek feeding Narada Falls

Upper Narada Falls

Lower Narada Falls

Mt. Rainier seen from Paradise

Snow at Paradise

Nisqually Glacier use to extend down this valley to this bridge

Three deer being fed

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, we took I-5 north to highway 12, then east on highways 12, 7 and 706 to the little town of Ashford, Washington. East of this little town was the RV Park called Mounthaven Resort. There was only 16 RV spots and 8 or 9 cabins surrounded by large, tall pine trees. Nice quiet place, so quiet that we had no TV, cell phone or Wifi service. The satellite signal was also blocked by the tall pine trees. Carol did not know what to do without TV so she went to bed early that night. Wednesday mourning we drove to Mt. Rainier National Park. We were only ¾ mile from the west entrance of the park. We stopped at the Visitor Center and learned that they had two days of bad flooding on November 6 and 7, 2006. The road from the east entrance was so destroyed that it was still not fixed but will be by next summer. The road we used from the west entrance had already been repaired. All the creeks were inundated with the runoff and were filled with rocks and trees. But the mountain and the waterfalls were beautiful. We drove to the Christine Falls and to the Narada Falls and took lots of pictures. We drove up 3,300 feet in altitude and visited the Paradise Visitor Center. Yes, we made it to Paradise. At that Visitor Center, they still had six feet of snow on the ground but the roads were clear and dry. From here, we also got a great view of Mt. Rainier, which is 14,410 feet tall, the tallest in the Cascade Range. A note on Global Warming, the Nisqually Glacier, which used to reach the bridge, in one of my pictures, has now receded back by 6000 feet. A beautiful park and great weather made for a nice day. We returned to the RV Park and saw deer walking through the area and then we noticed the owner of the resort putting out food for them. No wonder they were hanging around the area. That evening Carol remembered she had some DVDs to watch, so she did that while I worked on sorting pictures for the website.

Thursday, we are heading for the Seattle area.

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