So far notoriously miserable Washington has been beautiful: fabulous weather, spectacular scenery, and mate, the flowers - astonishing. We're at White Pass, essentially a servo and ski resort 145mi into Washington. We'll eat too much junk food and pick up our resupply boxes and hike out feeling vaguely disgusting thisarvo.
Yesterday we bathed under a snow fed waterfall (major brain freeze), crossed a glacier (actually sounds more impressive than it was, in fact I persuaded Wiz that it wasn't a glacier then read the map), followed an epic knife-edge ridge, saw some crazy looking mountain goats and wandered through meadows liberally studded with lupins, indian paint brush and buttercups. The fields of flowers really do seem preposterously, abundantly, riotously extravagant ... and the berry fields - not sure if I mentioned it but I feel like a kid let loose in Willy Wonka's factory - there are just fields of huckleberries, blueberries, thimbleberries, and the tastiest blackberries and strawberries I've ever eaten. So fabulous.
There are fires about so Mt Rainier has been hazy, however generally the views have been splendid. It's 82° F here which I think is only like 28° or something, but I think it's a record high for this time of year here.
I have an atrocious cold which Ma & Pa passed on from Canada - which I figure is like acclimation training; prep for Canada. Still travelling with Wiz and Buttercup, and for the last couple of days Mowgli. Buttercup got bitten by a dog yesterday and wants to use my phone to check up on rabies info; it's been fabulous knowing him, today's probably his last day on this beautiful earth.
In roughly four days we should be in Snoqualmie, and three days after that at the Dinsmore's in Skykomish, where I might be able to upload some photos... Canada is a fortnight tomorrow.