Archive for August, 2013

Carbonado excursion
/ August 29, 2013 3:52 pm

Carbonado excursion

Took  Mitchell out to check out the town of Carbonado, including some old foundations to buildings from the town’s mining days. Near the entrance to town there is a vintage mining car and a shed that includes a record of the coal production from the many mines that were bored through the nearby hills. On our return trip we stopped [&hellip

Mount St. Helens
/ August 10, 2013 5:36 pm

Mount St. Helens

Only hours after stalking the elk in Packwood, Mitchell and Steve were on the road to Mount St. Helens with the Josten family. We arrived at the Windy Ridge lookout point before the clouds had burned off, but by lunchtime most of the crater was peeking through the clouds. Soon, the volcano was showing off her dominance over a valley [&hellip

Early morning elk at Packwood
/ August 10, 2013 9:38 am

Early morning elk at Packwood

What could be better than slipping outside at 7 am and walking among the elk in the early morning mist in the shadow of Mount Rainier? The rain from Friday night’s lightning storm had put a dewy sheen on the world and softened the crunch of turf under my new hiking shoes as I slowly maneuvered through the herd. While [&hellip

Lightning in Packwood
/ August 9, 2013 11:59 pm

Lightning in Packwood

The second week in August usually brings the Perseid meteor showers and the Davidson’s cabin in remote Packwood seemed like a great place to watch any early activity that might dart through the evening sky. On an invite from Paul and Teresa Josten, Mitchell and Steve grabbed some overnight gear and headed south at about 7:30 pm (after a slight [&hellip

Birthday dinner in Paradise
/ August 7, 2013 7:30 pm

Birthday dinner in Paradise

The family got together with Ben and Corky for an afternoon on Mount Rainier on the eve of Steve’s 45th birthday. Following a short hike through the Grove of the Patriarchs we headed to Paradise  for a short walk to Myrtle Falls among the colorful wildflowers and a pre-birthday dinner in the historic lodge. We made a short stop to [&hellip

Grove of the Patriarchs
/ August 7, 2013 5:51 pm

Grove of the Patriarchs

The family got together with Ben and Corky for an afternoon on Mount Rainier on the eve of Steve’s 45th birthday. After essentially circling the mountain from the north, we arrived at the Grove of the Patriarchs for lunch and a short hike into an area that has been spared from fire and disaster for more than a thousand years. [&hellip