Posted by: caryandjohn | July 19, 2011

Mount Rainier National Park, cont.

Weaverville to Paradise, July 2-3, 2011; 652 miles.

Weaverville to Paradise, July 2-3, 2011; 652 miles.

After leaving Denise and Duane at Roadhouse 97 in Grass Valley, we crossed over the mighty Columbia River and Interstate 84 at Biggs Junction. There is a fun full size tribute to Stonehenge on the north side of the river here, so we stopped to check it out. There was quite a breeze, but it was a beautiful sunny day, and we got to chat with some nice people, one of whom snapped our picture:

The view west toward The Dalles from the Stonehenge War Memorial

The view west toward The Dalles from the Stonehenge War Memorial

The replica of Stonehenge was built by a Quaker, Samuel Hill, in the early 20th Century, near Maryhill, Oregon. I try to visit it whenever I’m passing by …

The plan was to get to Paradise, Washington, and Kyle’s house, later in the day, so we soon pressed on …

The snow over Chinook Pass on Rt. 410 on July 3, 2011

The snow over Chinook Pass on Rt. 410 on July 3, 2011

A view of Mt. Rainier looking north from Paradise, WA

A view of Mt. Rainier looking north from Paradise, WA

The suspension bridge over the Nisqually River at Paradise

The suspension bridge over the Nisqually River at Paradise

Rush hour on the suspension bridge ...

Rush hour on the suspension bridge ...

Hiking with Kyle above Longmire Meadow on July 4, 2011

Hiking with Kyle above Longmire Meadow on July 4, 2011

Cary, Kyle and John and Mt. Rainier

Cary, Kyle and John and Mt. Rainier

Cary and Kyle and the 1937 Kenworth touring motor coach

Cary and Kyle and the 1937 Kenworth touring motor coach

 

We had a really nice time with Kyle, who is working this summer as a biologist, keeping track of 14 amphibians who are native to the park.

Flowers in the old growth forest above Longmire Meadow

Flowers in the old growth forest above Longmire Meadow

Kyle took us for a walk around Longmire Meadow each evening, where we saw a family of beaver one evening and were able to hear the Pacific Chorus Frog singing in the twilight. We hiked up onto the ridge above Longmire Meadow, on a five mile loop that topped out with a great view of Mt. Rainier.

Kyle fed us well, too, as usual. We really enjoyed the ice cream. Yum.

After saying goodbye to Kyle on July 5, 2011, we rode up to Paradise, where we enjoyed the sunshine and coffee at the Paradise Inn, which had been closed for a two-year renovation. Just at treeline, we had spectacular views.

We headed west on Route 12, with a plan to camp at Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River:

Our campsite at Cape Disappointment.

Our campsite at Cape Disappointment.

We had a nice day and ride, and got to Cape Disappointment in good time to enjoy a campfire and acoustic guitar music from the young Canadians next door … lots of fun.

 

 

 

 

 

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