“You’ve got to do the Chief,” she said, leaning across the table intently. Perhaps I should have taken her enthusiasm as a warning?
Marmots, mountain goats, and bears — oh my! Testing gear and stamina on an overnight trip to Berkeley Park at Mount Rainier National Park.
Beat the crowds and the heat. Head to Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap for close-up wildflowers and distant volcanoes.
“We’re going camping this weekend. I don’t know where, but I’ll figure it out and let you know.” That was the ultimatum I texted to Mr. Adventure on Friday morning. After what seemed like several weeks of deadlines and driving and pickups and drop-offs and more driving and more deadlines, I was overcome by a powerful urge to just get the hell outside. Preferably on a high trail, and preferably somewhere I could sleep under the stars. And — I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s true — I hadn’t been to Mount Rainier, my go-to park, my happy…
You’re on the Santa Fe Trail and you have a choice: one route is shorter, but water is scarce and the road is vulnerable to Indian attack; the other is longer and safer, but you’ve got to get your wagons over some serious mountains. Welcome to the Cimarron and Mountain branches of the Santa Fe Trail.