I have been looking forward to our Anniversary hike at Mount Rainier. The weather has been so unpredictable this year. The weather was rainy on our Anniversary. Of course, the sun came out on the days when G had to work. Finally the forecast was for three days of sun this week. G had a company picnic on Tuesday which was predicted to be the best weather day. We tentatively planned to go on Wednesday. But Monday morning, I checked the webcams for the mountain and the passes - perfectly clear. It also crossed my mind that if the forecast is wrong - which it typically is - it would probably rain late Wednesday. So I proposed to G that we go today. G was luke warm on the idea. But I gave him a couple of reasons and he finally agreed. We could get ready and be up on the mountain by early afternoon.
I whipped up our dinner; salad with left over grilled tuna and tomatoes and cukes from the garden with some more tomatoes and mozzarella and cantaloupe for dessert. We had to stop and pick up a bottle of wine and we were on our way. It took about 3 hours to make it up to Sunrise. They were repaving and painting the road so we were stopped behind the painting machine for about 30 minutes. We finally got on the trail around 2:30.
The sun was peaking in and out of the clouds. They had started to gather around the mountain. It was beautiful as the light raced across the meadows. The climb was tough at first but I got into a rhythm and was able to march right up and arrived at the top just before 4:00pm
We headed for our normal spot on the rocks overlooking Third Burroughs. We watched the clouds circle around while we had our wine and dinner. The chipmunks and squirrels entertained us.
Suddenly we noticed a low cloud creeping across the meadow below. It was time to go. It wasn't going to get any better. We were soon engulfed in the cloud and hiked back through the mist. We met up with a couple on vacation from Hershey Pennsylvania and talked about hiking for the last mile.
We dumped our boots into the car and headed down. We stopped for one last look at the mountain and wished ourselves many more happy years.
Sunrise meadow and lodge
Clouds creeping in