Family Picture at Mt. Rainier

What an amazing family day trip.  Earlier this year we planned out our summer weekends to make sure could get a couple of trips off of our bucket list.  I have always wanted to see the wild flowers at Mt Rainier and this weekend, we did it.  On the way down Cooper kept us entertained nearly the entire 2.5 hour drive, the way home he slept.  It was a very cloudy day so we didn’t even see the mountain until we were just 15 minutes from the Paradise parking lot.  It will be fun to do the trip again on a sunny day when you can see the mountain get bigger as you get closer during the long drive.

Finally above the clouds at the Paradise parking lot

Heading off on our hike along the Skyline Trail to Myrtle Falls

Cooper’s first time in the carrier on Mama’s back
Cooper and Daddy at Myrtle Falls

We started to hike to Reflection Lake from Paradise, but the terrain was just too challenging and Daddy (the logical one) turned us around before we were too tired to make it back.  We later drove to the lake and that was a much better option.  It was still a cloudy day once we headed back down the mountain so no Rainier reflection was found at the lake.

Cooper and Daddy hiking back on the Reflection Lake trail
Reflection Lake lunch break

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