L arrived in Portland at 9:30am, and after a little map consulting, we headed to Mt St Helens, despite the fact that Portland looked overcast and cloudy. We absolutely learned a lesson that day - just because there are clouds overhead does not mean that there are clouds at your destination. We were rewarded with a gorgeous view of Mt. St. Helens upon arrival:
From there, we got back on the road and headed towards Mt. Rainier. The park is beautiful ad we completely lucked out on finding a cute little camping spot, with two logs rolled up to the fire pit and a gorgeously tree providing cover for our small little tent. After setting up camp, we headed out for a drive - having marked out our map with the pre-reserached points that we knew we WANTED to hit and leaving ourselves open to stopping whenever.
Sitting at Cougar Rock, our campground and listening to the vague sound of the Nisqually River in the distance and the pops and sparks of our campfire - I remember just why I love national parks. Not only for their sheer beauty and what we have protected for generations to come but the peacefulness that nature brings. I may be typing this on my iPad instead of a journal, but I'm loving being parted from technology a little bit.
All photos from the entire trip can be found here.
All photos from Mt Rainier National Park can be found here - I am uploading them day by day, so keep checking back for more.