Not so many words in this blog post. 🙂 Mostly pretty pictures.
These first photos are of three different campsites I found in another campground nearby … Big Creek Campground on Big Bear Creek in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, just down the road a piece.
I liked that there were lots of trees and underbrush between campsites; that the campground was mostly empty even during a warm, late summer week before school was back in session; and that there was a strong cell/wifi signal.
Mostly I liked the huge, old trees and the creek and the birds.
As mentioned, I drove up to Paradise again this day. On the way, I noticed the two mountains in the photos below. Talk about craggy peaks! People talk about how surprisingly difficult Mount Rainier is to climb … take a look at these two rascals!
On my drive back to the campground, I passed a sign to Narada Creek Falls. A quick stop there rewarded me with some very pretty photos of the very pretty creek. Maybe on my next camping trip to the Mount Rainier area I’ll hike down to the bottom of 188-foot Narada Falls.
Back at the Cougar Rock Campground, I walked each of the loops of campsites and noted my favorite campsites for the future.
But the trees … oh the trees! I was overwhelmed by the huge, old trees in the campground. The trees in the photo below were at least four feet in diameter, many of them were larger than that. I don’t know if they were “old growth” but they sure were old and so strong and stately and handsome. They seemed so sure of themselves.
Besides those amazing trees, I also noticed tiny plants(?) growing on tree branches. Are these epiphytes? What are these?
And finally, I walked back to my campsite and my cozy, little white trailer in the woods. Again, I hadn’t looked up from that spot on the road before, but I looked up now. And again, I found Mount Rainier looking over my shoulder. The other day, I had to walk 30 feet or so away from the trailer in the other direction, today I was only about 15 feet away. I guess if I’m going camping anywhere near a mountain, I better start looking up!
Tomorrow … one last drive up to Paradise. I’ll share photos of details of the mountain … glaciers where I could spot them, and other interesting things too.