Category Archives: Winter

White Out

When I was snowshoeing around up at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park the Tatoosh Mountains were bouncing in and out of some fog. It didn’t really clear up until I was driving down the mountain trying to make it out before the gate closed. So, no pictures of the Tatoosh Mountains this time.

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” – Matthew 7:12

White Out

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Winter Wonderland

Here’s another shot from Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. This is overlooking the main road you’d take from the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center to Reflection Lake. This part of the road is closed for the winter and makes for a nice snowshoe down to Reflection Lake. I’ve done it once but that was a couple years ago and think it took most of the day to complete. Start early if you decide to do it. The gate to leave the park closes at 5 PM.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” – Matthew 7:7-8

Winter Wonderland

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Snowed Inn

I was up at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park this last weekend for our first snowshoe of the year. It was actually the first time my 4 year old snowshoed on her own. She did awesome and had a good time. Anyway, the Paradise Inn is pictured here and, as you can see, there is a ton of snow up there.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” – Matthew 6:34

Snowed Inn

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Path to the Shed

Here’s another one from Crystal Mountain in Washington. There was a little shed tucked into some trees with a path cut into the snow that caught my eye. Here it is.

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” – Matthew 6:27

Path to the Shed

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Fresh Snow

We went up to Crystal Mountain in Washington on Christmas Eve to play in the snow with the kids. It had been snowing up there the previous couple days so there was plenty of it. Even just the drive up to the mountain was cool with all the snow covered trees.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” – Matthew 6:24

Fresh Snow

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Seuss Trees

With two little ones at home we read a lot of kids books which of course includes Dr. Seuss. When I stumbled upon these trees I instantly thought they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book with their curvy trunks. Maybe a bunk lives in the trunk of these odd shaped trees 🙂

This was taken near Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. Considering this is March and the snows melting fast this was probably my only snowshoeing trip of the season. Too sad. There’s always next year…

“I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior” – Isaiah 43:11

Seuss Trees

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Overlooking the Paradise Inn

I haven’t had a chance to stay at the Paradise Inn in Mount Rainier National Park but I hope to at least once. I wonder why it’s closed in the Winter because that would be a really cool time to stay there. Maybe it’s because they can get a lot of snow there with no way of getting people out. Then they’d have a Shining on their hands and that wouldn’t end well.

“For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness” – Isaiah 38:18-19

Overlooking the Lodge

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Last Shot of the Day

On my way back down from snowshoeing at Paradise in Mount Rainier I pulled over in a turnout to take one last shot of the mountain. It was about 4:30 and it takes about 20 minutes to get past the park gate which closes at 5 PM in the winter. I was a little worried I wouldn’t make it in time but I just had to take one last shot. So, I took my shot and plowed my way through the snow as fast as I could to the car. Luckily we did make it through the gate but before we go there I did notice that the mountain turned a cool pink color as the sun was setting. I was really tempted to stop again but I had my kids and wife in the car and they probably wouldn’t like spending the night in a cold car especially since we didn’t have any food or snuggies to warm up in.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute” – Proverbs 31:8

Last Shot of the Day

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Making Tracks

We went for our first snowshoe of 2015 up at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday. It was such a nice day and really warm. Being 60 degrees out it felt like Spring rather than the middle of January. As we were driving up we were worried that there wouldn’t be enough snow to snowshoe but fortunately as we got closer to Paradise there was plenty of snow. We did about a 2-3 mile loop from a little turnout on the right before you get to the first parking lot where the old visitor’s center used to be, up passed the lodge, and then along the upper part of Myrtle Falls. I took the shot below on our way back. The creek that eventually becomes Myrtle Falls is on my left and the Tatoosh Mountain Range is in the distance.

“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man” – Proverbs 24:33-34

Making Tracks

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Blue Skies at Crystal Mountain

A week ago I went for a snowshoe at Crystal Mountain in Washington state. It was one of those days where it was overcast and gray around my house and nothing but blue skies up on the mountain. I usually prefer to snowshoe at Mt Rainier but we wanted to bring our dog (dogs are not allowed on trails in National Parks). The only problem with bringing him is he likes to gobble down as much snow as he can. I don’t really care that he eats snow. It’s just that he has to go to the bathroom about every 5 seconds. It’s worse driving home because he’ll go all over the back of my car if I don’t pull over in time. Ah…the joys of dogs.

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” – James 2:26

Blue Skies at Crystal Mountain

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