Campbell's 2017 Western Trip travel blog

View of Paradise Visitor's Center with Orange Sun

This says it all

View of Mt. Rainier from Trail

Another of View of Smokey Mountain

Kathleen on the Trail

The start of the Glacier Vistat Trail

Panorama from Glacier Vista

Marmot on Trail

Might have been

September 7 – Hike to View Nasqually Glacier and Travel to Castle Rock, WA

We got up early and headed for Mt. Rainier visitor’s center at Paradise without the delay of waiting for paint to dry.

Our goal was to view the Nasqually Glacier on the south side of Mt. Rainier by hiking up to Glacier Vista from the visitor’s center – about a 1.25 mile distance, one way, and a 930’ elevation gain.

The forest fire smoke was just a thick as yesterday and the sun was orange as it rose over the pine trees as we set off up the trail at 7:30. We had the trail to ourselves.

The trail climbs steeply and we hiked slowly and took breaks to catch our breath. I used a hiking stick again to keep the weight off of my knee and Kathleen wisely chose to wear closed-toe shoes instead of her much loved flip flops.

We would have been able to see spectacular views of the mountain range to the south and Mr. Rainier to the north, except for the smoke.

I included a photo of Mt. Rainier from the Internet as a reference.

We decided to leave the park one day early and head for clearer skies in Castle Rock, WA that is near Mt. St. Helens. We camped at a KOA which enabled our laundress to wash our 2-week accumulation of laundry.

The local Mexican restaurant offered a fantastic hot plate of tamales, onion and cheese enchilada and a tostada.

Total Miles: 4,754

Nuts and Bolts:

I added 1/2 gallon of DEF.

Our two, 6-volt, deep-draw battery power dropped to 62% on the third night. The mountain shadows and smoke kept the solar panels from fully charging the batteries during the day. At night, we use the inverter to have 110 volt power at bedroom outlets to power Kathleen’s personal fan and to charge the iPhones.

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