I got to spend a week with my parents in Mount Rainier before the onslaught of school and so I had a chance to revisit one of my favourite hikes in the area. Originally, we were planning to just hike the Skyline Trail but my parents, understanding of my aggressive hiking pace, were fine with me just wandering off. As such, I decided to take a detour up the mountain! This time, I was very ill-equipped, with no spikes, no poles, and a single protein bar to eat and on top of that, I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. However, the one thing I had this time that I didn’t have the last time were a pair of sunglasses, which turned out to be a game-changer, as my eyes were spared from sunburn. The actual ascent was actually pretty straightforward, even though I was missing equipment, and I just had to be more prudent about where I was putting my feet. At the top, a kind gentleman was nice enough to lend me a spare trash bag, allowing me to glissade down the mountain once more; this time, however, my legs and arms were exposed and they ended up getting a little cut up, but it was worth it for the thrill. After all, cuts heal.
I didn’t take too many pictures this time but I did manage to catch this particularly photogenic marmot.
tags: hiking - Mount Rainier National Park - Washington - United States