There And Back Again
We headed up to Sunrise early to see what the light had to offer. After hiking around I finally found a spot along the road where I could lean over and get some wildflowers in the foreground of Mt. Rainier. The clouds rolled in along the other ridges I wanted to shoot so we headed back to our room at Crystal Mountain Ski Lodge to pack up and find some food. There the weather looked good so we decided to take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain where there was a great restaurant and magnificent view. It was cool and windy but well worth the $20 ticket price. We could see Mt. Adams to the south just above the clouds. I spent some time making sure I got all the shots I wanted including a panorama while Brent secured a table and stayed warm inside.
Once down from the mountain we continued our tour by heading back toward Seattle. The plan was to get to a spot in West Seattle where I could get a shot of the city from the other side of the sound. We arrived in time for some great light and the only thing missing was Mt. Rainier which on a clear day can be seen in the distance behind the city. Seattle is an attractive city anchored by the Space Needle and its modern downtown buildings. We stayed for a while watching the boat traffic (which included everything from freighters to kayaks) before heading to our hotel to get a good night’s rest before the next day’s trip to ‘The Peninsula’ and Olympic National Park.
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