Well I was thinking about breaking this down into numerous post, but lets just make it one large ass blog. Of course all these photos will be uploaded when i get back.
During the descent into Seattle I notice one of the coolest sights I have seen in a long time mountains, and the Mt. Rainier, the stratovolcano. I knew at some point in this trip I needed to see it, a better view at least. On the trip to the hotel, through the winding roads I saw bits and pieces of the monster coming through the trees, but never a good view.
I arrived at the Larkspur Landing suites about 3:30, ordered some food, talk to Damian and decided to set out around 4:30 to find my mountain amongst mountains.
I thought that my best bet would be to go up, up and up, until I could find a break and finally get a good picture of it. I did make it up some hills and did see city from a distance, then crossed Lake Washington, went downtown and back out again. It was a fun hour and a half in the car, but still no volcano.
As I was about to give up and well start to pay attention to the bitching GPS, I had a glimpse of hope and it came with a road sign.
I again became quickly frustrated to find myself in the same position, only glimpses. I traveled for another hour looking through tree lines, over houses and through people. I did find that what seemed to be prime mountain property was in fact the run down , bad part of town. Me, some Vietnamese and the local Spanish gang all roamed the streets, some selling themselves and some looking for a view.
Finally as the sun began to fall, I saw salvation. It came from a small apartment complex, not the nicest place in the world, i actually didn't fell comfortable getting out of the car, but I had to. There it was, in its greatness, sitting front in center before a picnic table and a stationary grill. So why is it this little rundown community has the best view of Rainier?
I have a lot more pictures, but right now I am going to sit down with a local best, Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Ale and watch the new season opener of Dexter.