After Jim finished up some work, we left our beautiful AirBNB on Bainbridge Island and turned our car to the south and east for the first time in two months. We stopped at the REI in Tacoma for our much-needed sleeping bags and arrived at our campsite in Randle, WA around mid-afternoon.
Randle is a small town in the foothills of Mount Rainier, which is looming just behind the mountain in the above picture. Jim and I returned to the tent and the sleeping bags made it a much more pleasant experience.
We spent the entire next day on Mount Rainier, first hiking the alpine meadows from Paradise Lodge.
We stopped at Reflection Lakes for lunch and had so much fun feeding the Mountain Jays.
Next we headed down to the Grove of the Patriarchs.
After a long day, we returned to the campground and the children played in the river before dinner.
The next day, Jim and I departed to our friends’ cabin near Cle Elum, Washington. Jim is speaking (virtually) at the DJI AirWorks Conference tomorrow (August 28), and he wanted to ensure solid internet. The children will remain behind with Cappy and Grandma for another day and will catch back up with us in Cle Elum tomorrow.