We visited Cliff and Janice at Shady Firs RV and Mobile Home Park for a little less than a week. The solitude was appreciated and the campground is truly a wilderness paradise. I wholeheartedly recommend a visit here! The campground is located about 2 miles east of the town of Randle; it's convenient to both Mount Rainier and Mount St Helens. We won't visit the later this time as we were just there last summer.
|Seventy degrees and sunny every day we were here!|
|Looks inviting, eh?|
Climbing Mount Rainier... Some 10,000 climbers attempt Mount Rainier each year and less than half of them make it. Weather conditions and physical exhaustion are common reasons for failure. In 1946 a plane crashed into the mountain killed 32 people. The worst mountaineering accident on Mount Rainier happened in 1981, when eleven people died in an ice fall on the Ingraham Glacier. More recently, a National Park Ranger died trying to save climbers trapped in a storm on the mountain. The Ranger lost his footing and slid nearly 4000 feet to his death.
Deaths also occur every year from rock and ice falling, avalanches and hypothermia.
Look Out Below... Mount Rainier is an active volcano and serves as an awesome reminder of the beauty and power of nature. Like many other Cascade range mountains, Mount Rainier has the potential to erupt again at any time, although archaeologists expect it will give warning.
Huge amounts of precipitation falls at Mount Rainier. As snow, it shapes the glaciers; as rain, it feeds the dense stands of Douglas fir, western red-cedar and western hemlock trees abundant here.
There are so many beautiful scenes among my hundreds of photos, I've just chosen a little of everything, including a few of us, to display here.
|Ohanapecosh River near the Visitors Center|
|One of our first glimpses of Mount Rainier inside the park -- still dressed in winter white|
|Wish you were here!|
At one of our many stops, we broke out lunch and enjoyed a few of the Mount Rainier cherries I bought at a roadside vendor. Delicious.
|Always with those binoculars!|
|The sloped rock on the right of the path is smoothed from the rubbing of the glacier ice. Moss is growing there now.|
|Washingtonians call it simply "The Mountain"|
|Other inspiring views.|
|Hoodoos make the backdrop for us.|
|Those who know Wayne will appreciate this. |
He had been to the mens room and was rinsing the soles of his shoes.
Gotta love this guy!
By the end of the day, we were exhausted and appreciated the quiet, cool serenity awaiting us at Shady Firs.
Over the next few days, we groomed the dogs, washed the coach and car and visited with Cliff and Janice when they took a break from their 20 hour days. We learned they are a couple of misplaced Okies. Also heard about Cliff's hunting expedition in the forest when nearby Mount St Helens erupted!
|Cliff is restoring this Barth. |
He also makes bio-diesel in his enormous barn!
|Talkin' trash 'till the sun goes down.|
|Janice makes beautiful horse blankets. |
She also operates a blanket washing operation that's a marvel.
|Yep, they repair saddles too.|
Wayne and I were both sad to leave Shady Firs but the time came to move along and so we did. Next stop will be Tacoma and Seattle.