Monday, July 13, 2009


We're back-again! The last few days were once again filled with fun and friends, and I must admit that I wish we were still over there. Who wants to come back to the real world? Not!!!!

The picture below is one that I took on our way back over to Naches from the scenic byway. I was so disappointed when Kevin wouldn't stop so I could take some amazing pictures of Mt. Rainier, about five miles before I took this one.
You literally go around a corner, and there it is,in all of its unobstructed glory, and I must admit that it took my breath away. Since it is only about 45 minutes from my house, I am going to take a drive up there with the kidlets, and get some good shots-I promise!
We did a lot more jeeping with our friends, and we we even took a midnight trip over the Naches Trail, which was an absolutely amazing experience. The moon was almost full, and we drove by several mountain meadows that were full of elk-I promise to write about it in another post.
If you look closely at the above picture, which happens to be one of the same hills that we climbed in my first post, you can see Mt. Rainier as it appears on the east side. Nice, huh?
Anywho...jeeping is definitely fun, but I would much rather prefer to hike or horseback ride through all of that pristine back country. It-jeeping-is something that I have never done, and it was kind of like submersing myself in another culture. :)
Above is the view looking upriver from our campsite, and believe me, the picture does not catch the true beauty of the area.
The bigger kidlets often hiked upriver with rafts, and then rode the current back to camp. In the above picture, Eric is holding an ax that he found way upriver, and he carried all the way back-until I saw him that is! After I took the above picture, I ran out there and took it from him-at least until they were out tof the!!!
Here is one last pic of the boylets coming back from another excursion. I am not sure why the picture turned out so dark, as the sun was shining, but I thought it looked kind of neat.
All in all we had a great time, and I now must finish washing clothes, go grocery shopping, and run some other errands. Catch you all later.


Gail said...

Sounds like everyone had a great time. How could you have a great time with such beautiful surroundings?

Pony Girl said...

Beautiful country! Sounds like you are really enjoying the jeeping. You aren't trading in the horses for something w/4wd, are ya, LOL! :) Have a great week!

The Old Gray Egg said...

"How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm,
After they've seen Rainier?"

Breathe said...

That's it. We're moving. LOL

It's been so hot (over 100 for 5 weeks) that we've been stuck inside forever. I'm going crazy with all these beautiful cool places to look at!


Thanks for the virtual trip.

Paint Girl said...

Your pictures of your trip are beautiful! I know how pretty it is around here, and I just love how we have a little bit of everything!
Since I have made my return to horses 5 years ago, our other hobbies like 4-wheeling, riding the quads have taking a long break. I also prefer to be on the back of my horse, exploring the trails! There is nothing better!

Carolynn said...

Looks like a fantastic trip. Your photos brought back memories of similar vacations I went on with my family as a kid. Building stone bridges across rivers like that and the magnificent beauty of the Rocky Mountains, which of course I didn't appreciate at the time. I don't think Jeeping is my thing though.

Andrea said...

That looks like so much fun!! Off roading is a blast!! It's so beautiful up there! I love the mountains (in the summer time). Hope all your errand running went well!!

allhorsestuff said...

Jeeping huh! Sounds like a guy thing..and loud too!
That country is well worth the Jeeping for river floating and awe inspiring views though!
Hard to come back I know...just wanna stay and cilax... and next time...take your horse!
Kac w/Wa mare~

Stephanie said...

Awww that looks so nice and relaxing I wouldn't want to come back either - we might be getting away this weekend so I am rather excited for that.

Whenever we go camping I always feel a little sad when we pack up for home.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Seeing them floating downstream reminds me of Huckleberry Finn. :)
What grand adventures for the boys. And what a gorgeous place to visit. Wow! That one river photo is amazing.
But I have to say that all your volcanoes, even as majestic and beautiful as they look, give me the heebie jeebies. They have blown their tops in the past...and will do so's just a matter of when.
I suppose PNWesterner's try not to focus on that and just refer to them as snow covered mountains. If I lived there, I probably would, too.