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I think I can’t, but then I do

The Golden Gate Trail is the skinny zigzag up the side of the hill.

One of the more breathtaking (and, for me, breathless) loop trails that I hike at Mount Rainier is to go up Golden Gate trail to the skyline trail to Panorama Point.

Skyline Trail is well named.

The lower skyline trail is permanently closed, except for those adept with ice axes. So up one goes even farther.

There is a spot on the Upper Skyline Trail that has much better views than Panorama Point does:

But Panorama Point has a potty (as well as crowds of the many folk who hike directly to and from it starting at the visitor center.

I never go into this hike thinking I will make it, I give myself permission before I start to just go as far as I can and enjoy the beauty that I see, but I always do.

If you ever get a chance to go to Paradise, this is a great loop since many do not go beyond the there and back to Panorama Point, so you have less crowded trails. By hiking up Golden Gate in the morning you get shade for the steepest uphill. When you get above the tree line there is usually a nice breeze for the (not entirely insignificant) remainder of the uphill. There is some scree scramble but not too bad. If it helps you to gauge: I hike in hiking shoes (not boots), carry a mono-pod/hiking stick and don’t have exceptionally good balance. I am a bit nervous, but have never had a problem.

For Son of a Beach’s Which Way Challenge

Sculptures on the Seattle Waterfront

Here are a few of the sculptures we saw when wandering about on the Seattle waterfront yesterday.

The man himself is immortalized at Pier 54 in front of Ivar’s Acres of Clams:

Ivar feeding the gulls. The scale is interesting. Ivar was a larger than life figure . In this sculpture the gulls are larger than life and Ivar is about right.

Also at Pier 54 is Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe (moved to a new location). I class totem poles as a type of sculpture:

My dad with colorful totem poles.

At Miner’s Landing (Pier 54), a place with several eateries and the giant Ferris-wheel, there were several wooden sculptures:

Two views of a sculpture beside the aquarium (Pier 59):

At Pier 66 , which was for many years the main offices of the Port of Seattle-Dad worked there throughout my childhood), was this fun fish fountain:

For Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sculpture

My child’s father

Going back through old photos this spring to find some of my niece who was graduating and my grandmother who passed away I came across these of my husband and son that made me smile.

My son is 30 now and going through a stressful time so I am sending him these, I hope it makes him smile and know that whatever the world throws at him someone’s got his back.

For Patrick Jennings Pic and a Word Challenge: Fathers

Roses everywhere you look

I sometimes think that June should be its own season, at least around here, it is usually rather chilly, often times colder and grayer than May, but the weather is perfect for roses.

June is a very rosy month around here. I have a few bushes in my yard but some of my neighbors go all out. There is one lady who has roses climbing high up into her evergreen trees. I used to think of her (since I don’t know her name) as the crazy rose lady…but then I realized she probably really should be called the sane rose lady. Her yard is a bit overgrown, it’s not unkempt or neglected, just very alive, but the smell of roses greets you from a block away.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Rose

Where fairies live

Perhaps because we mostly have alder and evergreens locally I was quite fascinated by some of the trees, mostly I think they were sycamore, or plane trees, that we saw while walking Hadrian’s Wall National Trail in England last summer.

I think I love them because they remind me of fairy stories.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #50: Trees