On sunny days, Mount Rainier majestically dominates the skyline as I commute to work each day. The mountain feels like a dear friend after I hiked the Wonderland Trail in 2016. I briefly visited the northwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park this past spring when I hiked the Carbon River Trail, but it was too cloudy to see the mountain that day. Next time, I vowed, would be different. Iâ€™ve been looking for an opportunity to return ever since.
Opportunity knocked in the form of Sunkist, who is in town to attempt her own hike of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail. So I decided to do something crazy. I hopped in my car and drove all the way to Mount Rainier after work on Wednesday to meet up with her. Apparently, I failed to factor in rush-hour traffic and so the drive ended up taking me 3 1/2 hours. Ugh!
We met for dinner at the National Park Inn and spent the evening catching up and chatting about Sunkistâ€™s upcoming hike. Afterwards, we spent hours reminiscing about our adventures on the PCT together.
We stayed in a rustic cabin near the parkâ€™s entrance and then I was on the road bright and early again yesterday morning to head to work. This time I battled the morning commute and drove for 3 hours straight to the office. Ugh. And I thought my commute was bad.
It was a super quick trip, and even though I spent more time driving than visiting it was totally worth it. I’m looking forward to coming back soon when I have more time.
Sunkist is also an avid blogger – if youâ€™d like to follow along on her adventures, check out her blog here: