Autumn on Rainier

It’s been a while since I posted here. Thought this might be a good place to post the glories of Mount Rainier in the autumn. Magic, for sure!

We visited Rainier last Friday and Saturday and met some wonderful folks while we were up there. One of the wonderful folks we met was Paula, who was visiting Rainier from out-of-state with her husband, Jim – and who graciously let me take a photo of her with The Mountain reflected in her sunglasses.

We met Jim and Paula on our Pinnacle Peak hike on Friday. That hike holds a lot of memories for me. The first time I scrambled to the top of Pinnacle Peak I was four years old. It was probably my first real mountain adventure with my dad, Dee Molenaar (a well-known mountaineer). Thirty-five years later my son, Andrew, then four years old himself, joined Dad and I on a hike to the top of the peak. And on Friday Andrew and his new wife, Christina, joined my husband and I for another trek up the trail.

We didn’t get all the way up to the the top of the peak on Friday – we only went as far as the Pinnacle Saddle – but from the Saddle we could see Mount Adams and Mount Hood off in the distance to the south. Mount Hood was the first mountain I climbed with Dad. Mount Adams was the last. I could feel Dad with me up there. I could feel Mom with me, too. They’d met on Mount Rainier – and I guess, without The Mountain, I wouldn’t even be here.

On Saturday we went to Paradise and did a quick hike up to Alta Vista to pay our respects to Mom and Dad’s ashes and to stretch our legs one last time in the ozone before we headed back down to “civilization.”

Here are some pictures from our time up there.
(Photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell.)

Sunset Reflections

Sunset reflections in Bow, Washington.

(Photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell.)

On the Way to Work

On the way to work yesterday…

sunrise on the way to work 3 this one

From this point, I drove my car to a place where I knew there’d be a flooded field – I thought I might be able to catch the sunrise’s reflection in the water – but I had my big ol’ zoom lens on my camera and, before I could put on a wide angle lens, the sunrise was gone. I was really happy I was able to get this shot, though, before the sunrise disappeared.

Tulip Town, Skagit County, WA

Visited Tulip Town (near LaConner, Washington) last week and this is what I came back with…

(photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell)

Celebrating Green!

In celebration of green…