August 4, 2009

Rustic charm & astonishing vistas...


There's something about a mountain path that makes me want to just keep climbing and never come back.

The glacial rivers are ice cold, naturally... there's a 150 foot waterfall just downstream.

Sunset over the Tatoosh Range. The porch railing along the side of the Lodge makes the perfect place to be on vacation... the very spot for contemplation of a summer sunset.

Inside the lodge glows with gemutlich charms. Handmade giant clocks, piney wood tables and oversized log chairs fill the lobby. The cross-timbered ceiling is such a unique architectural space... completely captivating. It's lit at night with classic vintage painted lamps to add a rustic charisma.


Sunrise on Mt. Rainier dawned clear as a bell. The immensity of this peak that rises from sea level to 14,000 feet is astonishing.


I think this is probably my favorite place in the world to have breakfast... bar none. I guess it's places like this that make me a westerner. Even though I don't go to the mountains all that often, I still somehow need to know they're there.

7 comments:

Sherry Rogers said...

Okay so now you've gone and done it!

I was born and lived in the Northwest for the first thirty years of my life. I love the mountains and all the pointy fir trees!!!!There are some mountains and fir trees here in California too, but not where I live. . .closest is an hour away. I just love these pictures! Awesome!The mountains there are sooo majestic!

John Nez said...

I like being able to see Mt. Rainier from my porch... (at least I can in the winter when the trees are bare).

There's something about just knowing that wild things are still out there that's important to make life seem less restricted.

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Phyllis Harris said...

If we ever come back to Seattle, I will definitely be looking for this "Paradise"! Thank you for sharing with your amazing photo journalism.

Jennifer said...

That was a wonderful photo visit - thank you!!

Jennifer said...

Oh - forgot to say I ordered your lovely skycycle book for my nephew in Ohio - I'm waiting to hear back from him about it - I'm sure he'll love it!!

ChatRabbit said...

Thanks for the little look-see into your side of the country- I wanna go there now! So, what's the breakfast like?

John Nez said...

Breakfast itself was a buffet with all sorts of breakfasty things... eggs, toast, muffins, pancakes and berry compote. The berry compote was wild berries of all sorts...

But mostly it's the room and setting that make breakfast memorable...

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