Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Mountain

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.


harleygirl13 said...

What a beautiful place!!!! I'm sure the picture's don't even do it justice. I will have to see more when you get back. Enjoy the great views but try to stay in better neighborhoods.

Mother Firefly said...

the pictures are awesome, can't wait to see more!