A Travel Diary, Day 2-the mountains  

rm_songbird5419 62F
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9/14/2005 9:33 pm

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A Travel Diary, Day 2-the mountains

September 1
We slept in a bit on Thursday. I'd had a very long travel day on Wednesday. Today is mountain day. I'm eager to see this beautiful corner of our amazing country. We drove up into the Cascades mountain range...stopped at the ranger station to take a picture of me by this absolutely HUGE tree,a piece of which had preserved as an exhibit. I can't remember exactly how old the tree was when it came to the end of its life...but suffice it to say it was ancient!! After the obligatory Kodak moment, we continued to the park where we were to hike up to the ice caves. Rick told me about this place, but I had a difficult time conceiving it until we actually arrived. (btw...Mount Ranier is REALLY HUGE!!!) We had a bite of lunch at the park before going up the mountain. The hiking trail was quite nice and easy to walk. We went over bridges which were quite new and up a well-maintained path to the glaciers. These glaciers are formed each summer by the melting snow coming down off the mountains. Apparently, the glacier field was quite small in comparison to prior years. Despite that, it was pretty impressive to me since I'd never seen it before. The photo here is of Rick and me at the front of the glacier. I've also added two more photos...it seems as thought they rotate each day...we'll see. <i>The one that's up today (Friday) is of me in front of that HUGE tree I spoke about earlier.</i> You can't see it in this photo, but directly behind us was a huge cave of ice. He told me that he'd seen (in a prior year) many people climbing all over the glacier and an avalanche came. No one was hurt that time, but apparently there have been people killed before when something like that happened. Of course there are signs all over warning of the danger, but folks are folks and we humans are a curious lot!! We met some interesting people while we were at the ice caves. Then the peace and quiet was abruptly disturbed by a large group of teenagers, who were not very well behaved and not very well supervised by their chaperones! We headed back down the mountain at that point, not wanting to be plagued with their exuberance on the way back down. The grandeur of that place was quite astounding. I would love to see it again!

We headed back to Edmonds, stopping at a local farm stand for some freshly picked corn for dinner. Tonight's fare was to be grilled tenderloin steaks, a potato thingy done under the broiler...very tasty...and lightly steamed, freshly picked corn-on-the-cob. More wonderful wine, of course. I'm so comfortable with Rick. It's like we've known each other forever!

More tomorrow *S*


If you are strong and push through the pain and the fear, you often find that happiness is waiting for you on the other side.


sex4fun1950 66M
182 posts
9/16/2005 12:15 pm

I too am happy for you - at least through day 2 of your great (and dangerous) experiment in living . Sorry about the teenagers, it seems to be a stage we (most all, anyway) pass through; I worry about those that get stuck in that time.

Looking forward to reading more.


rm_songbird5419 62F
305 posts
9/16/2005 10:02 am

That's ok Reality...I've learned to read through your sleepy posts!!! LOL

If you are strong and push through the pain and the fear, you often find that happiness is waiting for you on the other side.


rm__Reality_ 105F
67 posts
9/16/2005 3:46 am

of add "is good" after intuition, its early! lol


rm__Reality_ 105F
67 posts
9/16/2005 3:09 am

Sounds like a lovely trip !! I'm so glad for you. We take chances once in awhile, giving in to that feeling we get by talking via the phone. I've done it as you well know!! You're intuition so i wasnt worried about you. Glad it all worked out and you saw some that part of the country!! Love Ya, Me


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