Sunday, June 19, 2011
Heading to the mountains
Posting will be sparse (non-existant, to be precise) for a few days as I'm off to the high-altitude wilderness that I love so much (this exact one pictured, as a matter of fact). Mount Rainier is beautiful & massive (more glacial ice than the rest of the Cascades combined), & I just can't get enough of it. For those of you sweltering in summer heat, allow me to add that the report of a few days ago noted that there is still some 158 inches of snow at around the 6000-foot level (the montain tops out at 14,411). I blame global warming.
The two great geologists (their names escape me now) who predicted that Mount Saint Helens would blow 'sometime before the year 2000' also said that the next to go would be Mount Rainier (likely the southwest quadrant). I have to take it all in while I can.