|View of the trail as the scramble begins.|
|When you get out of breath, stop and take a picture....|
|....which makes people think you are into photography and not gasping for air.|
|You can almost see CF in this picture.|
|A nice view of where I had been.|
|Mt. Rainier is hiding around the corner.|
|View from the parking lot.|
|We remarked that it seems like this river should be bigger.|
Today was free fee day at the mountain, a fact I did not know until I got there. Free fee day usually means that there are crazy amounts of people on the mountain and today was no different. It is not surprising that most of these people did not attempt to climb Eagle Peak. It was quiet and beautiful and, for once, not incredibly windy and cold at the Peak. I swear I heard marmots but I did not see them. The view was beautiful and I got to watch CF's apple slowly roll off the edge of the cliff as we were too slow to stop it. Honestly, I don't think I've laughed harder on a hike watching that thing slowly roll away. Okay, not so funny here but it caused me to inhale a sugar cookie so you have to trust me when I say it was a laugh riot.
I need to pack and convince the cat army that another week without me is a good thing. I'll be back in a week with pictures of cheese and bratwurst. It's like Germany but without the need for a passport (and for some a study in coronary heart disease).