Washington, Oregon and the Joy of Dispersed Camping
We spent the night in Spokane, WA the day after we left Glacier, then decided to head to Mount Rainier the following morning. By this point in the trip we had decided that while we loved seeing the country, we didn't want to see everything that there was to see all crammed in on this trip. We wanted to leave something to explore on future trips. So with that, we decided to skip the Cascades and northern Washington and do that on another trip, perhaps when we visit Alaska. We took the scenic way to Mount Rainier - the actual scenic way - not the way we took when I wasn't paying attention to directions. One thing that was surprising to Ben and I was that much of Washington state looked frighteningly like the trip to Glacier: beige, grasslands, wind farms. We finally crossed the threshold into the rain forest and were amazed by its lush green beauty.
|The sign welcoming us to Mount Rainier|
|Our First Dispersed Camping Site|
The next morning we got up, headed the campground that was full the night before, used their amenities and started our morning with a hike to some falls and hot springs. We also went to see the Grove of the Patriarchs, a nice grove of old and giant trees. While these trees were massive, it only got us more excited for the giant trees in California.
|The bottom of what we thought was a large tree|
|The best view we ever got of Mount Rainier|
|Mount Rainier from the visitors center.|
|Dispersed campsite numero dos.|
|Recreation of the BEST political sign we've ever seen.|
|The Goonies House!|
|The reminder to walk not drive up the driveway.|
|Oregon Coast Usie!|
|Our campsite at Spruce Run Campground.|