Monthly Archives: July 2014

Camp Muir

Camp Muir. You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. I’m kidding. That was a movie quote. Can you guess what that’s from without searching online? Camp Muir sits at 10, 200 feet at the base of Mt Rainier. It’s the most popular base camp for those that summit the mountain. I headed up there for the first time last Saturday. It’s a 4.4 mile hike (8.8 round trip) from Paradise with about 4,800 feet of elevation gain. Half of which is straight up the Muir Snowfield. The hike actually wasn’t that tough physically. The elevation was the hardest part. I had to get in a rhythm of pressure breathing and using the rest step. If I got out of rhythm and went to fast I started to get out of breadth and a headache would start to creep on. That’s when I knew I had to slow down and take it easy, which I really didn’t mind since it was such a nice day. In total it took me about 5 hours to get up there. If you do hike it remember to bring sunscreen and chap stick because the sun reflecting off the snow can be brutal. I brought sunscreen but forgot chap stick. Sunburned lips are quite annoying.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” – Psalm 84:1-2

Camp Muir

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Poipu Purple

Here’s one from after the sun had set at Poi Pu Beach in Kauai. It’s pretty cool to see the colors the camera picks up after the sun has been down for a while.

“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” – Psalm 100:5

Poipu Purple

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Rampart Ridge

We had snowshoed Rampart Ridge a few years ago but we only completed about a quarter of it before we had to turn around. It was getting dark and my daughter was only about 5 months old at the time so it wasn’t wise to stick around. Anyway last weekend it was a nice sunny Saturday and we wanted to head out for a hike up at Mount Rainier National Park. We thought why not finish the Rampart Ridge hike and we did.

It was a really nice hike except when we were up on the ridge. The mosquitoes, my arch nemesis, were ferocious. It was a good thing that the view from the ridge wasn’t that great because I would have been eaten alive. The hike is about a 5 mile loop and we did it counter-clockwise. I would recommend doing it clockwise. The uphill is a little less steep that way.

“Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!” – Psalm 66:5

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Avalanche Creek

The creek was angry my friend. At least that’s what I thought while hiking to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana. There was a ton of rain coming down and I’m sure a lot of snow was still melting. Avalanche Creek looked more like a raging river. I used my ND filter to smooth out the water as best as I could with a long exposure.

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” – Psalm 62:8

Avalanche Creek

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It Doesn’t Rain In The Forest

Whenever I visit Montana I try and make it to Glacier National Park. On the day we decided to head there it was overcast and rainy. We were about an hour and a half away so we thought the weather might clear up by the time we got there. Unfortunately, it didn’t. We ended up hiking the Avalanche Lake trail since the Going to the Sun Road was closed at least that’s what we thought. We found out later that shuttles were taking people to the top of Logan Pass.

Anyway, it started pouring on us while we were hiking and there was even some thunder. My gear isn’t weather proof so I made sure to find a dry spot under some trees especially since I’d have to take a longer exposure with the lack of light. A friend of mine kept me company while I took this shot which was nice since it was Grizzly Bear country. I’m always a little wary when I’m hiking in Montana especially in Glacier National Park.

Here’s a joke I most likely heard from a Ranger talk while camping in bear country. How can you identify Grizzly Bear poop? There are bells in it and it smells like pepper.

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” – Matthew 18:20

Avalanche Lake Trail

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Montana Flare

We just got back from a trip to Montana. We got a couple nice days but for the most part it was rainy and windy. It wasn’t great for photography but it kept my arch nemesis, the mosquito, away so I was happy about that. The most unfortunate part was that it was raining a lot when we went to Glacier National Park so we didn’t get any of the views. I’ve been there a bunch of times before so I wasn’t that disappointed but I made the best of what presented itself.

Here’s a shot from a VRBO we stayed at in Whitefish, Montana I highly recommend. It’s about an hour and half from Glacier National Park and it’s surrounded by state forest with some great mountain biking trails. Let me know if you’re interested and I can send you the details.

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.” – Psalm 50:1

Montana Flare

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Goal Post

Maybe I have soccer on my mind with the World Cup going on but when I see this picture I think think of goal posts and a ball. Although tempting I make it a point not to kick boulders. Speaking of the World Cup, I was happy to hear that the USA got out of the Group of Death which no one expected them to do. That was a win in my book.

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’ Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.” – I Chronicles 16:31-33

Goal Post

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