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A really beautiful drive this morning to Paradise. Civil twilight in Ashford was stunning. I don’t always expect it on that side of Mt Rainier, but it was a lovely surprise.

Narada Falls is always a great side-trip. In a few weeks it will be mostly frozen and it is a sight to see !

My mountain taught me two things today :

First, that replacing my exercise and social time isn’t going to be impossible. It is always available, and mostly, people are engaging out in the wild places. I met several folks today. This mother-daughter team was a delight. Sorry I didn’t get your names, but I did get your photo !

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I also met and visited with this awesome young man. Karthik. So happy you stopped for a few moments to chat and I hope you made it safely around the mountain.

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The mountain also made me realize that as big and glorious as it is to be there, seeing it rise up above Orting after I step away and am driving home, is really incredibly special too. We never really leave a place we love ♡

Here was the rest of my day at Paradise: Lots of snow and ice on both the Golden Gate and Skyline trails, but very manageable for me with microspikes. I attempted Paradise Glacier trail, but the snow got deep and the trail all but vanished after a few hundred feet. Next time, for sure.  Beautiful blue sky day !

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Even the drive down in the early afternoon was perfect. I could drive this road, carved through the forest every day and never tire of it. That light through the trees is special all by itself.

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