We took 3.5 days to return to one of our favorite haunts in the park – with the Carbon River Road closed now that adds another 5 miles to the trip. Conditions weren't optimum with a lot of haze from our unseasonably long hot dry summer which obscured the Mountain at times ... and there was still some lingering snow that precipitated us camping on the white stuff in the middle of August, but we were rewarded in other ways. It was well worth the 5200' hike to get up there. We had plans to do a little additional climbing but without crampons we decided against it. Instead we just took it easy and wandered around and explored new areas in the vicinity ... concentrating on the little stuff most of the time. By far the most joyful part of the trip were the wildflowers ... this season they were epic as you will see.
The music is a piece we used on our first feature length film about Mt Rainier ... shot while backpacking over 4 years in some of the most pristine areas on the mountain. The composer musician is Annastasia Workman, who also scored our newest feature Out of the Mist ~ Olympic Wilderness Stories. She is an extremely talented artist, and acclaimed for her work at Seattle's Café Nordo's dinner theater, as well as other local gigs.