This year, we took our 2nd annual camping trip with some friends just east of Mt. Rainier. Most of you know our summer has been a very hot one and intensely dry. Well, we tried to make up for it with downpours, wind, and cold temperatures. We woke up on Saturday morning to discover our tent took on water, which is always fun. Fortunately, for all of us, our campsite offered a pavilion that had two picnic tables and a stone fireplace in it. It sat right along the Bumping River and only a few holes in the moss covered roof. Perfect! We woke up and made breakfast in the pavilion, and spent almost the whole day in there!
The rain let up for a little bit during the afternoon on Saturday, so we ventured out for a little hike to Soda Springs (campsite’s namesake).
It’s a natural sulfur spring that bubbles up cold, not warm water. It’s not very attractive, but it’s also kind of cool. Mountain springs always interest me.
You can see below the pavilion where we spent most of the weekend. It was kind of nice, sitting by a fire with a book or magazine in the outdoors. Just a little chilly 🙂
Kate and Ciara decided to see if there was more of a hike across the river.
That evening, Scott & Alan went back out hunting before the sun set and we stayed in the pavilion playing games and reading.
That night the fog really started coming in thick. It made the full moon look eerie and cool.
It rained really hard again all night, Saturday night. So we decided to just hit the road on Sunday morning. We all snacked, packed up camp and made our way to the closest town for a warm breakfast. It was a fun trip, but fall was letting us know she was on her way!
I did manage to grab a picture of the railroad tie bridge across the river to the springs before we jetted out of town. The campsite grounds are really beautiful!
As I type this, the weekend AFTER labor day, we had record temps of 85° this weekend and it’s absolutely perfect weather. Sunny, breezy, warm during the day perfect at night. Summer’s not giving up on us quite yet. My tomatoes thank you, summer.