Hiking the Glacier Basin Trail at Mount Rainier

Hello everyone.

Last week I went hiking with my brothers Justin and Brandon, sister-in-law Jackie, and their friends Jeremy and Arin. We decided to hit the Glacier Basin Trail, which starts at the White River Campground just a few miles from the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park.

It was a hike I had never done before. When we started out it was freezing and barely above 40 degrees outside. We wore layers of jackets and gloves as we walked through the forest and stopped to take pictures of the plethora of waterfalls along the trail.

Before long, we ended up removing all of the extra layers and continued on to Glacier Basin, where the forest was left far behind and we faced open meadows and the walkable Inter Fork of the White River. The views were breathtaking while they lasted, for dark clouds rolled in by the time we had finished our early morning lunch.

I took plenty of photos with the Nikon D5100, which I have been posting on my Instagram. We also filmed a video for the YouTube channel, which can be watched below.

I’d also like to take the time to announce that I will be back to vlogging on as normal of a schedule as I can. I’ll have new posts every week and I’ll be sure to share whenever we post a new video to our YouTube channel.

Until next time,

Chase.

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Vlog #10: Waterfall Wednesday – Victor Falls

Here’s the tenth vlog on the YouTube channel that my brother and I started. We explored Victor Falls, a 70-foot waterfall in Bonney Lake, Washington. It’s rare to have a waterfall in the middle of an urban area, especially in Washington. Plus it’s only a few minutes from our house, so we had to check it out!

Be sure to give the video a like (and maybe consider subscribing. It would mean the world to me) and comment that you arrived from this blog!

Hiking Again: a new routine?

I haven’t written anything in my novel, Prophecy of Euphinor, today, but I promise it was all for a good reason. Today I went hiking at Mt. Rainier National Park for the second time this week and it’s beginning to feel like something I have always done.

Last week I took the Comet Falls Trail for five miles through the woods, up steep hills, over log bridges that looked like they would fall into the roaring waters below, and stood near waterfalls to soak up the little droplets in the air. Today’s hike was a little different.

I took the Pinnacle Peak Trail from the magnificent Reflection Lake all the way up the Cascade mountains until it the maintained trail ended. Then my family and I summited one of the peaks and had a decent hiking lunch of PB&J, Triscuits, and cookies. Supposedly there are great views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and even Mt. Hood from up there, but all we got to see where low-lying clouds and fog that brushed up over the peaks.

The calling of an eagle and an elk for nearly an hour in the fog was a little eerie, but the hike was still worth it, especially because of all the little creatures I was able to capture on camera.

One of the strange highlights of the day was meeting an Asian-American family at the top of the peak that summitted as we were eating lunch. One of the women didn’t speak the greatest English, but as we were talking my dad asked where she was from and it turns out we live in not only the same town, but the same neighborhood (Sunrise.) It’s a small world after all…

We descended from the peaks after a few hours and decided to take a short drive up through Paradise, but they had most of the road blocked off so we turned around. Then on the way down the mountain they were going road work and we were stopped for 15 minutes at the least.

Well, I was the photographer for the hike.
Well, I was the photographer for the hike.

Now I will prepare for my next big adventure, when I leave at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday to hike up Third Burrows.

Island Adventure

I spent most of my Saturday on the secluded Ketron Island, Washington. The island is home to only 17 people and far less than that were living on the island at the time, since it isn’t quite summer. The island is located in southern Puget Sound and is accessible only by personal watercraft or the Pierce County ferry system. \

I went with a group of friends from school and we spent the day doing various activities. We caught the ferry at 12:00 and took it across the water. The wind as the boat cruised through the water was cool and refreshing, plus we got to watch the speedboats and birds. When we reached the island we headed to the house where my girlfriend lived for many years, which her grandparents own.

We had a nice potluck lunch and spray painted a sign for a photo shoot for the school newspaper. We then went exploring the island for an hour and a half or so. We took pictures with old cars, went inside of abandoned houses, and trekked through four-foot tall grass.

Afterwards, we headed down to the rocky beach and made a fire to roast marshmallows and we skipped rocks in the water. We also found a sea lion carcass and a lagoon.

We left the island on the 6:00 ferry and headed home. It was a fun adventure, although the fire left me smelling like smoke all evening.