As I continue to explore my new surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, this past weekend took me to Mount Rainier National Park. With a group of friends we carpooled to the Paradise area, on the south slopes of Mount Rainier. Although we intended to snowshoe, the snow in the area was so packed that snowshoes were unnecessary. Our hike to Glacier Point provided fantastic views of the Tatoosh Mountain Range as well as fellow volcanic peaks Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. From Pacific tidepools to snow covered volcanoes, the Pacific Northwest continues to furnish ample opportunities for photographic adventures. Below are a few photos from the trip to Mount Rainier. Visit my Pacific Northwest gallery for more of my photos from the area.
Before moving to Seattle, the first thing people would say to me when I mentioned my relocation plans was always, "I hope you like rain." Well, my first weekend as an official resident of the Pacific Northwest certainly contradicts the mistaken impression that all it every does here is rain. I spent a wonderful weekend exploring the Olympic Peninsula from Lake Quinault Lodge, hiking, relaxing, and enjoying the extraordinarily sunny February weather. On the way back to Seattle, my travel companions and I stopped to explore some tide pools along the Pacific Coast, where the morning sun was almost blinding. The trip culminated with a beautiful sunset ferry ride from Port Townsend to Coupeville. Below is a selection of photos from my introductory weekend as an official resident of the Pacific Northwest.