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Corona, es ist mal wieder einer dieser Tage …

Anfangs war der Corona Lockdown noch irgendwie ein willkommener Anlass aus dem Hamsterrad zu entkommen. Man hatte mal Zeit zum Durchatmen, kein schlechtes Gewissen, einfach alle Termine abzusagen und zu Hause zu bleiben. Nach fuenf Monaten hab ich jetzt immer oefter das Gefuehl, raus zu muessen. Neidvoll schaue ich nach Deutschland zu meinen Freunden, die schon fast wieder normal leben, waehrend wir immer noch in diesem Mist festsitzen und das Licht am Ende des Tunnels, der heranbrausende Zug ist. Die Coronazahlen gehen nach oben, der Trump luegt weiterhin das Blaue vom Himmel runter – die Leute bleiben zu Hause, oder auch nicht, jeder wie er Bock hat. Es ist frustrierend.

Wenigstens das Wandern ist einem noch geblieben.

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Columbia Gorge

Today I would like to show you some pictures I’ve taken on our trip back from Packwood, WA to Portland, OR via the Columbia Gorge. Unfortunately, it was a holiday weekend and all the city people must have been on their way to Mother Nature. We couldn’t visit most of the sights on our trip because the parking lots were packed and there was NO way to even snatch a little picture of the famous Multnomah Falls.

Heute moechte ich Euch ein paar Bilder von unserem Rueckweg von Packwood, WA nach Portland, OR zeigen. Der Weg fuehrt durch die Columbia Gorge , eine gewaltige Felsenschlucht in der der Columbia Fluss die Kaskadenkette durchbricht. Bloederweise waren wir an einem Feiertag unterwegs und die ganzen Stadtmenschen wollten auch zu Mutter Natur. Die meisten Sehenswuerdigkeiten waren also komplett ueberlaufen und man hat fast nirgendwo noch Parkplaetze bekommen.

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Mount Adams comes into view. Did you know that Mount Adams and Mount Rainier are active volcanos? (Mount Adams kommt in Sicht. Wusstet Ihr, dass Mount Adams und Mount Rainier akitve Vulkane sind?)

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Bridge of the Gods (sounds impressive? Then read this legend of the original Bridge of the Gods.)

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After the bridge, you have the Columbia River to your right.

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This is a stop on the very impressive Historic Columbia River Highway.

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The viewpoint is a bit noisy especially when a train comes by.

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Bridal Veil Falls

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Latourell Falls

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Look at these super impressive basalt rock formations!

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View from the Vista House

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Vista House

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View from the other side of the Vista House

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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State

Heute wieder wenig Wort und viel Bild. Wandern imMount Rainier National Park. Parken am Paradise Visitor Center, dann auf dem asphaltiertem Weg, den Menschen hinterher zum Myrtle Wasserfall. Von dort auf dem Skyline Trail zu den Sluiskin Falls und dann weiter auf dem Skyline Trail Richtung Nisqually Gletscher, um dann auf denGolden Gate Trail abzubiegen und nach ca. 4 Stunden wieder beim Auto anzukommen. Das war ein wunderschoener Weg mit vielen tierischen Begnungen unterwegs. Streifenhoernchen, Murmeltiere und sogar ein Schwarzbaer liefen uns ueber den Weg.

Again lots of pictures and only a few words. Hiking at Mount Rainier National Park: Parking at the Paradise Visitor Center, follow the paved path and lots of people to Myrtle Falls. From there find Skyline Trail and end up at Sluiskin Falls. Here you will continue on Skyline Trail towards Nisqually Glacier, but before you get there turn right onto Golden Gate Trail, and after about 4 hours you will be back at the parking lot. This was an amazing hike with lots of cool animal encounters! We saw many chipmunks, marmots and even a black bear!

 

 

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lots and lots of fog

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Mount Rainier wears a belt of fog

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cotton candy clouds

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Paradise Visitor Center

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upper Myrtle Falls

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and up we go

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Cascades Mountains

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He carried me all the way up here.

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monster alert

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marmots … so freaking cute!!!

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lower myrtle falls

 

 

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Silver Falls Trail

Hier mal ein paar Bilder von einer eher kurzen Wanderung, die aber trotzdem sehr schoen war. Besonders in Erinnerung ist sie mir, weil mich hier ein Baer angefallen hat. Mein Mann ist ja immer fuer einen Streich gut und hatte sich von hinten an mich angeschlichen und hat sich dann mit lautem Gebruell auf mich gestuerzt. Oh Mann! Ich hab geschrien wie ein kleines Maedchen.

Today I have a few pictures of a rather short hike, which still was really beautiful. This excursion is kind of seared in my brain because I had a bear encounter here or so I thought. My husband can be quite mischievous at times, you know and while hiking he was jumping me in the woods, and to my dismay, I have to admit that I screamed like a little girl thinking he was a bear.

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Elk grazing on the neighbor’s lawn

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This looks like the beginning of a nice fairytale

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fairy homes?

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Ohanapecosh River

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Narada Waterfalls and Reflection Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Today I have lots of stunning pictures and not a lot of words for you. These pictures were taken when we went on a hike starting at the Paradise Visitor Center in Mount Rainier National Park. From the parking lot, we went down down down to the beautiful Narada Falls, over to Reflection Lake, where we had a little picnic and then we went back up up up back to Paradise. All in all, it took us about 4 hours for the roundtrip at 36C/97F. It was very strenuous I have to say but well worth it.

Heute habe ich nur wenig Text, aber viele schoene Bilder fuer Euch. Diese Fotos habe ich auf einer Wanderung imMount Ranier Nationalpark gemacht. Los ging es auf dem Paradise Parkplatz mit Visitor Center. Von dort lief man immer gemuetlich bergab bis zu den Narada Wasserfaellen und dann rueber zum Reflection Lake, wo wir ein nettes kleines Picknick abhielten. Der Rueckweg ging fast nur bergauf, zurueck nach Paradise. Der ganze Rundweg dauerte ungefaehr 4 Stunden bei schwitzigen 36 C. Das war schon megaanstrengend, aber das war’s wert!

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and off we go

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Paradise River

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Narada Falls

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Narada Falls

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Reflection Lake

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Reflection Lake

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Reflection Lake reflecting Mount Rainier

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someone was really happy we brought sunflower seeds as a snack

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Time for a picnic

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hey little one

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Some beautiful views on the side of the road …

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beautiful views on our way back to Packwood

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wild elk in the neighbor’s frontyard

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Roundtrip Palisades Viewpoint, Clear Creek Falls, Tieton River, Fife Peak, Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake

Usually, it’s not too hot in the Mount Rainier area, not even in the middle of summer. But while we were there we had this one day of 95 Fahrenheit (35C). It was insanity to go hiking so we decided to drive around in the area and look at some scenic spots and just take it slow.

Normalerweise ist es ja nicht so superheiss in der Gegend um Mount Rainier, nicht mal mitten im Hochsommer. Aber als wir dann doch mal einen Tag 35 C hatten, haben wir uns entschieden, es mal ruhig angehen zu lassen und einfach nur ein bisschen in der Gegend rumzufahren und ein paar huebsche Plaetzchen aufzusuchen.

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I like these colorful cards!

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Palisades Viewpoint Take a look at these dramatic volcanic palisades rock formations!

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And there is Mount Rainier again.

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Hi!

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Clear Creek Falls Overlook

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Clear Creek Falls overlook

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Clear Creek Falls Overlook

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Baker Lake

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Tieton River

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Fife Peak Viewpoint (you are looking at a volcano)

thomas fife

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Chinook Pass Overlook

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Tipsoo Lake

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Sunrise Rim Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

Endlich haben wir es geschafft und Mount Rainier in seiner ganzen Schoenheit, vollkommen nebelfrei zu sehen! Schon die Fahrt von Packwood (wo unser airbnb war) zum Mount Rainier Nationalpark war so wunderschoen! Ich haette an jeder Ecke anhalten koennen, um Fotos zu machen. Hier mal eine kleine Auswahl:

Finally, we did it! We saw Mount Rainier in all its gloryThe drive from Packwood, where our Airbnb was, was already so beautiful. I could have stopped around every corner to marvel at the scenery and take pictures. Here are just of few:

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Nach einigen Fotostops kamen wir dann doch noch in Sunrise auf dem Wanderparkplatz an und los gings: (Sunrise –> Shadow Lake –> Glacier Overlook –> First Burroughs –> und zurueck ueber die andere Haelfte des  Sunrise Rim Trail und Sourdough Ridge Trail). Bis zum Glacier Overlook war der Weg richtig, richtig schoen! Es ging durch gruene Waelder und bunte Blumenwiesen, aber dann hinter dem Aussichtspunkt war es die pure Quaelerei. Es ging in der prallen Sonne oberhalb der Baumgrenze kilometerweit nur durch Geroell. Zum Glueck war nach den First Burroughs die Aussicht und auch der Weg wieder viel schoener und die bluehenden Wiesen und Nadelbaeume kehrten zurueck. Insgesamt war man so 9km unterwegs. Auf dem Heimweg sprang sogar noch ein kleiner schwarzer Baer vor uns auf die Strasse. Er tapste auf die andere Strassenseite und verschwand wieder im Unterholz. Wie niedlich!

After a couple of stops to take some photos we made to Sunrise, where we started our hike: (Sunrise –> Shadow Lake –> Glacier Overlook –> First Burroughs –> loop around and walk back to Sunrise via  Sunrise Rim Trail and Sourdough Ridge Trail). The trail from Sunrise to Glacier Overlook is very pretty! You walk past lush meadows, the turquoise lake, and verdant forest but after the overlook, the surroundings turn to rubble and all you see is boulders, pebble, and debris. Not to mention that you walk uphill in the full sun. That was a challenge I have to say! Luckily once you arrive at the first Burrough you are a) at the peak and b) the scenery will turn back to blooming meadows and blissful forest. On our drive home, we had a little bear encounter.   All of a sudden a black little fellow hopped on the street, walked across, and disappeared into the underbrush on the other side. It was really cute!

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Grifford Pinchot Forest

Gifford Pinchot Forest ist ein ca. 5500 km2 grosser Nationalpark in Washington State und unser erste Anlaufpunkt, um Mount Rainier zu sehen. Zum Auftakt des Urlaubs hatten wir uns den Glacier View Hike ausgesucht. Die Strasse dorthin war der absolute Wahnsinn! Durch den Gifford Park war schon ein Schlagloch an dem anderen, so dass man nur 35 Meilen pro Stunde fahren konnte. Das letzte Stueck zum Wanderparkplatz war dann der Hammer, nur noch eine Schotterstrasse mit riesigen Loechern. Wir sind in dem Auto umhergeschuettelt worden und ich dachte schon, ich renke mir irgendwelche Gelenke aus. Mann, war ich froh, als wir endlich auf dem Parkplatz standen. Der Wanderweg war ganz nett, immer stetig bergauf durch den Wald. Eigentlich haette die Wanderung ‘extremely rewarding’ sein sollen – aber als wir oben ankamen, hatte sich Mount Rainier in Nebel gekleidet und auch die anderen Berge waren nicht zu sehen. Wenigstens war die Wanderung ganz nett und wir haben unterwegs einen kleinen Huegel mit vielen, niedlichen Streifenhoernchen gesehen. Mal ganz abgesehen von diesem einmaligen Schild, wonach man bitte seine Hinterlassenschaften vergraben soll. 😀

Gifford Pinchot Forest is an area of 1.32 million acres (5300 km2) in Washington State. It was our first destination to see Mount Rainier. To start off our hiking vacation we had picked the Glacier View Hike. The road up there was a challenge, to say the least! Driving through Gifford Park was already testing because you had deep potholes side by side and you could barely make 35 miles an hour. But the last bit to the trailhead was just plain awful – it was so bumpy I thought I might dislocate a disc. Boy, I was so happy when we made it to the parking lot. The hike itself was very nice – up the mountain through a dense forest. Actually, the hike was described as ‘very rewarding’ once you get to the peak. Unfortunately, Mount Rainier decided to wrap itself in dense fog and all the other mountains turned invisible, too.  Oh well, at least the hike was beautiful and we even found a little hill that was teeming with cute, little chipmunks!

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