Sunday, October 16, 2011

I have been wanting to take a drive up to Mt. Rainier

Stan does not want to drive that far, so we compromised and did the Mountain Loop Highway which is a highway that connects Granite Falls and Darrington along the base of the mountains.  It is a very scenic drive that is open only during the summer months.  I was snapping pictures right and left as we drove, making Stan stop several times along the road.  These are a few of my favorites.
The South Fork of the Stillaguamish River right outside of Granite Falls.  This river also connects with the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River  in Arlington and goes from there to empty into the Puget Sound near Camano Island

One of many un-named waterfalls emptying into the Stillaguamish  River.

The last huckleberry.

A Fungus.  It was huge and I have never seen one this color.

Some of the color I was wanting to see.

I love the way the brush reflect into the pond.

A small falls on the river.

The last foxglove.

I took this picture to show the power of the river.  It looks so calm an mild right now, but these are trees that were torn from the forest.  Probably during the flooding last year.  

Just a picture of the road as we drove down it.  We liked the way it meandered.

I liked the sun shining on these sword ferns.

We stopped so I could take a picture of the Sauk Prairie area below, but I saw the way these two branches were twined together and focused on them instead.

I am not sure what this mountain's name is.  I found the sight breathtaking.

I liked the way the sun shone through the trees here and the branch that cuts right across the picture.

This picture was taken just as we left Darrington and headed south to Arlington and home.

Maybe he will take me to Mt. Rainier next week:)


Homestay Mama said...

Isn't this weather beautiful? I bought some hiking boots today! I've got to get out there before the winter comes. Love your awesome photos!

Lindsay said...

One of my very favorite places in the world! Great pictures!

Anonymous said...

What incredible scenery! very good pictures. Thanks for sharing.


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