Guest Post: Amanda and Fellow Indianian Hike Rainier

IMG_4435 Guest post and photos by Amanda.

Last weekend, I had the privilege to show my friend Natalie the beautiful NW. On Thursday, we started the day off at Pike Place Market, then we headed over to South Lake Union to sail miniature boats on the pond.

On Friday, Natalie enjoyed exploring Tacoma where she found herself eating at Shakabrah and hanging out at the fabulous new Bluebeard Coffee Roasters. I met her there after work, and we hit the lunch buffet at Gateway to India. As you saw, earlier that evening we enjoyed an amazing night on the Puget Sound, courtesy of Paolo's Mom and Steve!

Saturday morning, we hit Shakabrah again and then we were off to Sunrise at Mount Rainier! The drive was about 2 1/2 hours, and we thought we weren't going to see the mountain because we were driving into clouds. But holy smokes that mountain is beautiful. The day was perfect!

Because both of us weren't prepared for mega hiking, we chose to do an easy hike up to Frozen Lake. The trails still had a lot of snow, but the meadow was full of red, purple and yellow wildflowers. I ended up buying a season Mt. Rainier pass for $30, and I know we will get our money's worth. I'm excited and I have a trip planned in a couple weeks!