On Thursday July 14, Dave drove up to Mt. Rainier National Park to meet up with friends from Antarctica for a long weekend of camping. Kim Bowyer had reserved a group campsite at Cougar Rock Campground last winter for this first ever summer gathering of Ice folks from the Northwest. We had a good turnout of 20 people and Kim has already reserved two spots for next summer in anticipation of this event growing.
Nichole, Amy & Bija
Drew's enjoying a beer around the campfire
Friday morning we did a hike up the Westside Rd. and then along the Emerald Ridge Trail. Here are Drew, Nichole and Kim.
Moss hanging from a fallen log
Different colored moss on another fallen log.
Dave on a swinging bridge...that's about as far as he went...
...instead he opted to photograph the bridge from below.
Nichole crossing the bridge
Taking a lunch break
The view from further up the ridge
View of the Tahoma Glacier
A cluster of dwarf dogwood
Drew attempting to cross a stream via this small log.
The view looking down the valley
Shawn, Kim, Elizabeth & Nick
Amy & Julie
Rebbecca, Amy, Nathan, Nick and Julie
Saturday morning we did a short hike near our campground. Here's Elizabeth with the river raging behind her.
Elizabeth & Andrea
Here's a shot of those who went on this hike; Nichole, Elizabeth, Shawn, Rebbecca, Kim, Jena, Ken, Drew, Dave, Nick, Andrea, Julie and Carrie.
Nichole & Drew waiting for the shuttle bus
Saturday afternoon we took the shuttle up to Paradise where we were welcomed with occasional views of the mountain.
Most of us took a hike up the trail for better views. Normally in July this trail would have been through an alpine meadow full of wildflowers rather than on six feet of snow.
Jena & Nick hiking up a snow field
View of Cathedral Rocks
Dave & Rainier
Nick, Kim & Nichole near Panorama Point
Kim & Nick
View of our group with Rainier
A clear view of the mountain
Julie, Amy, Rebbecca, Elizabeth & Carrie
Moose & Drew