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Roaming Around Rainier

How could it be that we hadn’t explored this area? I have no idea, really. Most likely, it's simply a side effect of the total lack of exploration we've done in our home state of Washington - opting instead to explore areas in other surrounding states, where weather is consistently warmer, or at least drier.

But, what could be viewed as an oversight, we viewed as opportunity. With dirt roads less than three hours from home, we didn't have to rush out in the dark of early morning - instead, we got a leisurely start around 9:30am, and made it to dirt by lunch time! With several beautiful days in the forecast - and with the PNW being ideal when it's sunny and warm - this trip was sure to be an enjoyable one!

 

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Tripod Flats and Funny Rocks - Roaming Around Rainer #2 Tripod Flats and Funny Rocks - Roaming Around Rainer #2 - There's nothing like waking up in the morning when you hit the sack on the top of the ridge with a view of one of the largest mountains on the west coast. I hung out under the warm covers for as long as I could stand it - really only…
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