Hiking Up a Volcano | Mt. Rainier

Sep 4, 2013



I am officially an ADVENTURER. This Labor Day weekend I put my legs through boyfriend jeans, laced up the dustiest pair of boots I could find, and went to go conquer a volcano like the CHAMP THAT I AM. I don't know why I keep running away to Asia to go exploring (for new readers, I went to India and Nepal six months ago) when the Northwest has all these forests tucked away like secrets, and they're practically in my backyard now! I see Mount Rainier from my kitchen window every time I do dishes, so it was wild getting to actually climb it and see how the terrain changes from mammoth trees on the bottom, to meadows teaming with wildflowers and pines and firs in the middle, to slabs of snow and  rippling rivers on the top. Oh how I wish I could build a house of sticks on that very top and spend all my days there. 

Now I've got the bug in me and all I want to do is go there every weekend. That way I'll get to pretend I'm Pocahontas running through the woods at least once a week (just you know, sans the hair). 

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  1. What trail is this?! Gorgeous pics :)


  2. So this is absolutely gorgeous and you have much more motivation/energy than me. And life isn't fair.

  3. ugh, i am SO jealous! this looks amazing. so fun. what a great way to spend the long weekend! so nice to have that practically in your backyard :)


  4. Matt keeps telling me how wonderful Washington is. He loves it there. I hope to see the PNW someday. The photos are beautiful.

  5. wow Marlen! this place looks absolutely stunning and you took such beautiful pictures of all the scenery. is it near enough you could hike every weekend? now here's another reason to get me to move to Seattle asap, i'm seriously obsessing over this beauty, so cool you can see the mountain from your home.
    Cuddly Cacti
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  6. Oh SO beautiful! I'd love to hike there one day.
    A couple of years ago when I was living in Ecuador I climbed Cotopaxi. It was SO cold (a snow covered Volcano..Whaaaa??) and ruthless and it felt AMAZING afterward looking down at that huge sucker.

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons

  7. Wow, just wow! This is my idea of a getaway, its so beautiful and peaceful looking even from photos. I'm sure they don't even compare to the real thing :)

    I have a wonderfully hilarious image of you re-enacting Pocahontas and I would happily join you x

  8. How gorgeous are these photos??? I don't think I could be more in love with the pacific northwest. Glad to hear you had an awesome adventure!

    Ladyface Blog

  9. Oh my God, what an incredible place! It doesn't even look real, so beautiful! xx


  10. These photos are stunning! I, sadly, have never been to Washington state, but have always wanted to go.

    Also... not gonna lie, every time I find myself deep in the woods, I always pretend like I'm in Pocahontas...I have a very active imagination. Haha.

  11. Obsessed with Mt. Rainier! It is easily one of the most magical places on the planet.


  12. What stunning pictures! I'm wish I hike through Mt. Rainier! I am so jealous!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  13. HOLY CRAP THIS IS YOUR BACKYARD! WTF AM I DOING IN AUSTRALIA? Damn! And it that snow I see, no wait - snow capped? This is the shit of dreams!

    And pish-posh about the hair - it can grow! Keep the Pocahontas dream alove girl!

  14. Those views are insane. And everything looks so green. Clearly I do not leave the city enough.

  15. BEAUTIFUL photos, I am so jealous you got to go explore this gorgeous landscape. You adventurer you ;)

  16. oh my word! gorgeous! don't you just love the mountains. i have just come to the exact same realization. all i want to do is run around the mountains, take pictures, and write. it is wonderful

  17. I LOVE these photos! Such beautiful lighting and angles. Looks like such a great hike. I really enjoyed these. Honestly. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Stunning photography! This place looks amazing, I wish I was there right about now.


  19. What stunning pictures! I shall be back to visit x

    Sweet Apple Lifestyle

  20. Awesome! Now I wanna hike it, toooooo!

    Folk & Fables

  21. Tackling a mountain- way to go! :) Next up, Everest!

    Lovely photos!


  22. Wow, these pictures are breathtaking! I've only just discovered your blog, but I feel like it's going to be one of those where I have to read every post you've ever written! Sorry about that! xx

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  23. Also, sorry about the fact that I just accidentally posted some blog design website at the bottom of my last comment! I'm clearly not very tech savvy! xx

  24. you have such great pics! this post is no exception. Makes me want to take a road trip :)

  25. Oh my gosh, those sights are absolutely to die for.

    Sincerely, Dani Rose

  26. Those pictures are beautiful! What a view!


  27. These pictures are gorgeous! Now I really want to go hike Mt. Rainier...I think my aunt wants to go sometime soon, so that would be fun.(:

    Decked Out in Ruffles

  28. Thank you for the comment on our latest blog post! The grass is always greener, I guess -- we've been wanting to visit Seattle because it seems like an amazing city!

    & the views on this hike are GORGEOUS! great photos, too!

    xo, B

  29. Sounds like so much fun :) I love all the pine trees and that's cool that there were actual steps too.

  30. These photos are gorgeous! It looks like a great hike in breathtaking surroundings!
    Also, seems like you have polished your blog layout, it looks really professional :)
    Have a fabulous weekend, Marlen!
    xoxo Irene

  31. man oh man, i love washington! these photos are unreal.

  32. These photos are so incredible. I love adventuring outdoors and hiking always makes me feel so accomplished! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!

    Xo, Hannah


  33. So gorgeous! I can't believe you see it out your window every day! I hiked Mt Rainier with my family when I was little while we were in the area for a day. We were going on a cruise to Alaska that left from a nearby port I think? But anyway, I remember hiking in the middle of the summer and finding a huge icy snow patch with my brother and being SO excited to slide around on it in the hot heat! I really should hike more...

  34. Ah, incredible! What stunning shots :)



  35. holy hell! giiiirl. all these photos look so dreamy!! the place i go hiking a lot is a bunch of desert dirt and heat. i want lush forests!! jelly.

    at this volume

  36. I always forget how beautiful America is! I've never really been out west (I'm way south in AL) but I did get to go to Colorado last Christmas. Mountains are so wonderful and amazing!!

  37. These are beautiful photos! I'm planning a trip next year to the Portland area and Mt Rainier is on the list. x


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