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Christine Falls is probably the most photographed place inside Mount Rainier National Park due to the fact that it's gorgeous AND it's right off the side of the road which usually means a long queue and a rushed shot elbow to elbow with your new best friends. On this day, however, I had it all to myself as the snow plows had scooped out the parking lot and left a five foot berm of snow in front of the trailhead.
This is the 37 foot lower tier of the Christine Van Trump Falls, so named after a nine year old girl who attempted the ascent of the mountain with her dad in 1889. The young lady made it to 10,000 feet despite a crippling nervous disorder.
The wonderful arched bridge framing the scene for us is concrete and faced with rubble stonework. Built in 1927, it spans 56 feet of Van Trump creek and it has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991 and for me it is the highlight of the drive through the park.
I've posted this video twice so if you've seen the lahar crash through here don't bother, but for the rest of you, hold on to your seat. :)
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(deep breath) Howdy! Hope all are well, I am for the most part. I've been working a lot and when I'm not working I've been on the couch resting. Then the holidays, crummy weather and suddenly I don't have anything to share AND I'm way behind with all of you. gasp. :) anywho, I still don't have much that I'd call Flickrworthy but I wanted to say hi and I'm still alive and have been secretly peeking. I have a few hours before I get back to the grind this morning so I'm going to give catching up a go. I'm still not out of the woods with work, two more bank remodels to do on top of my regular work load which means long days, nights, weekends because the banks don't close for remodels and we have contractors who use us exclusively for their cabinets and we have to keep them happy at the same time. boo hoo, whatever. I'm going to try to catch up and stay caught up so when the day comes that my camera leaps joyfully back into my hands I'll be ready. :)

Tags:   Christine Falls Waterfall Van Trump Creek bridge parkitecture Stone trees Landscape arch winter MRNP Mount Rainier National Park Washington State Pacific North West Rich Border Rich Border sony a7 Sony a7r III snow

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I can almost hear kids screaming in delight and the sounds of small bodies crashing into the cool waters. Moms and Dads sipping Mint Julep (they don't do that here, but hey, it's my dream!). Maybe a small pleasure craft launches to stroll around the bay. For now it's all stored away and the toboggans are hanging on the coat rack. Fall is here. a little accompaniment below. :-)

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One more take on my new favorite shipwreck. I tried like heck to get a name on this beauty, but can't find any info at all. Why it's there at all I can only guess, but I'm glad that it is.

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I saw a pic of this wonderful derelict a few weeks ago and had to see it for myself so Darling Tonia and I hopped into the sweet ride and headed out. What a wonderful setting for starters, but the degree of it's demise has opened so many optical facets that the details become overwhelming. This is a late afternoon op too, sunset would be even better I imagine, but we had to be heading back.

Blow it up and check it out, it's amazing in there!

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After reaching my destination of Sheep Lake I had some legs left and wandered up. After a time I came upon a sign telling me I'm entering MRNP and then this towering piece of wonderment comes into view. One of the happiest accidents I've had so far. :-)

If you follow this trail past that magnificent spire you will exit Mount Rainier National Parks' Eastern most border and hook up with the hallowed Pacific Crest Trail and descend into Sourdough Gap. Next stop, Canada...

Tags:   spire Mountain Mount Rainier National Park MRNP Rocks Trail Hiking Trail National Park clouds Rich Border Rich Border Landscape Washington State wa


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