Finn’s Last Day

F's Last Dayy

For the last day at BCS for Finn’s class story time was in the garden with Mrs Cambell & Mrs Simmons. Fantastic school, we’ll miss it.
I’m not sure where squirting water at the photog came into the story, but at least it wasn’t me getting damp.

Lake Serene

Big Tree

Martin was back states-side for a brief visit, but not so brief that a short walk wasn’t in order. So with Chris we took another amble up to Lake Serene…

Little Bridel Veil Waterfall

Bridel Veil Creek

…past big (no pics, too wet) and little Bridle Veil Falls that drain the lake through Bridle Veil Creek.

Frozen & Foggy Lake Serene

After our last visit two years ago I was prepared for a swim and a little snooze on lunch rock. Instead the lake basin was fog filled and the lake covered in thick ice.

Panorama Hike

Mazama Ridge

With a big breakie at Paradise Inn behind us and the boys safely off with grandparents it was onwards & upwards for us.

Guide Service

Dirty Snow

We left the guide service hut and dirty snow at Paradise behind…

Mount Rainier

Mazama Ridge

…and climbed up along the western side of Alta Vista through Paradise Park

Fay & Aiddy

Trail this way (big drop that way)

The trail led up through the snow – a different route from Camp Muir last July – and was helpfully signed to avoid embarrassing falls down step slopes.

View from Panorama Point

The view from Panorama Point was amazing, with Alta Vista, Mazama Ridge and then Mounts Adams, St Helens and (just visible) Hood on the horizon.

Mount Adams

Mount Adams (from last years’ escapade)

Mount St Helens

Mount St Helens (not as much as there once was)

Rainier Wildlife

We even had some company for lunch

Fay plunge stepping down

The way down was fun: steep and slippery. Fay tried plunge stepping before giving in to the charms of glissading (at which she was too fast for me to get a pic).

Fay - halfway to Panorama Point

Wide brimmed hat = no/little sun burn

Blue Reflecting Aiddy

Kuhl cap & no hair = red ring of embarrassment next day in the office

Are you sure we're not lost?

Some more pics on the way down and then a well deserved drink back at the Paradise Inn.

Christine Falls Hike

Line leader with Granddad

A gentle hike through the woods along the trail blazed by the Mighty Finnster…

Fay & Jessica

…to a bridge…


…over the gushing Van Trump Creek.

Christine Falls

Just below, the creek drops over Christine Falls and then beneath the road that winds up the mountain from Longmire to Paradise.

Unidentified Flying Object

Rainier Flying Saucer

With Grandparents in town Fay & I had a Sunday to hike up to Panorama Point on the southern flank of Mt Rainier. Snow all the way up to 6,300 ft with some amazing views, including this one of a large lenticular cloud floating east of the summit.
Getting down was fun & fast J