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A selection of photographs from my recent trip to Mount Rainier National Park. Click on an individual photo to enlarge it.

Up high on Si

Mount Si is located near the city of North Bend in Washington state. It is one of the most popular hiking destinations during the summer months. If you choose to go, embarking on weekdays and mornings will allow you to avoid most of the crowds.

The landscape and views are incredible, especially considering its proximity to Seattle and other cities. The hike is relatively strenuous and rises several thousand feet over the course of 4 miles, but the climb is well worth it. On clear days Rainier and other mountains are visible in the distance as well as full views of the lowlands all around the mountain. The forests are rich and vibrant and feel mystical and enchanted.

It is wonderful getting up the trail a ways as the drone of the freeways and city life all drop away leaving you in a wonderfully quiet and serene setting. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

Here are a few shots from my last trip:

Forest on Mount Si near North Bend, WA. 

Trail near the top of Mount Si. 

Nearing the top of Mount Si near North Bend, WA. 

Mountain Goat with a kid on Mount Si.

Looking out across the lowlands from Mount Si in Washington. 

Andy at the top of Mount Si. 

Wild flowers and plants on Mount Si. 

View from the top of Mount Si. 

Descending off of Mount Si. 

Down the trail on Mount Si.

Get Outside

Whether it is for a minute, a day, or longer, try to find time to immerse yourself in the outdoors. The clean air, reduced distractions, and unadulterated beauty are not only wonderful to behold but can actually improve your state of mind and health. And on the same token, it is imperative that we keep our natural spaces free from human destruction. These places serve to keep us sane in a world full of constant multitasking and endless stimuli. However, corporations view these spaces as sources of profit. Whether it is what is on the ground or in the ground, these areas are seen not for their importance to the whole, but to a select few. These areas are beneficial to each and every one of us, and it is up to us to protect them. Whether you make it out into the wild daily or once in a blue moon, the importance of these areas only grows as they continue to shrink the world over.

Stream in the Cascade Mountains near Snoqualmie Pass, WA.

Stream in the Cascade Mountains near Snoqualmie Pass, WA.