Less than a week after arriving here myself, I hosted Shelly on her visit to the PNW. We also hadn’t seen each other in more than a year, and had a lot of catching up to do.
After spending time at my new place and Lake Sammamish next door, we headed out to Mt. Rainier National Park, a 3.5 hour drive from the Seattle area.
Mt. Rainier is visible in most parts of Seattle on the skyline and is on the license plates for Washington. It feels ubiquitous to the area, and I realized just how huge it was by trying to drive up to it in the park and even then not getting close.
The hike Shelly and I did within the park was 6 miles round trip to Mowich Lake, which was at a high enough elevation that there was still snow on the ground, despite us being comfortable in tank tops. The lake itself was beautiful and had such clear water that you could easily see the bottom of the lake pretty far out.
The next day we decided to have a Seattle adventure in the city. We started by heading out to Discovery Park on the far west coast of the city, where we went on a small hike and checked out the lighthouse there.
Then we decided to check out Gasworks Park in Fremont. This used to be the city’s gas light production plant, and they left all of the machinery in place when converting it to a park. It has a great view of the downtown and city skyline.