You’re not alone! At least one-third of the global population is under some form of “stay at home” or lock down restrictions. Perhaps in no other time in history have we seen this much of humanity being asked (or ordered) to limit their movement beyond their own front door. This has led to tremendous changes for millions of people with schools closed, malls, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and most other retail establishments like hair salons, gyms and clothing stores all closed as well. Of course, this has led to millions of stories of quarantine and lock down.
In early February we headed to Lake Tahoe to enjoy some skiing. Just prior to our departure a substantial storm moved through the Sierras dropping several feet of new snow.
Once again, our friends Steve & Wende invited us to stay at their home near South Lake Tahoe, NV. When we arrived, the first order of business was to remove enough snow from the driveway to get the car off the street. Continue reading
This is the first time in Montana for both of us. Columbia Falls is located southwest of the west entrance to Glacier National Park. We parked at the LaSalle RV Park.
I don’t attempt to rank national parks and other places of natural beauty since each place offers something unique and special. But suffice it to say that Glacier National Park gave us many opportunities to feel overwhelmed with the sheer scale and beauty of what we were seeing. This place that was carved and shaped by geological forces and glaciers occupies about one million acres in northwestern Montana.
Eatonville is a bit southeast of Seattle in the vicinity of Mt. Rainier National Park which was the major purpose for our visit. We parked at Rainbow RV Resort which is located on picturesque Lake Tanwax. On a clear day, which we were fortunate to experience, you can see the peak of Mt. Rainier from the RV park.
At 14,410 feet, Mt. Rainier is the tallest volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range and the most glaciated peak in the continental United States with 26 named glaciers. We entered the park at the Nisqually entrance which is in the southwest corner of the park. Near the Longmire area we stopped for a hike that took us up to a spot with a nice view of Mt. Rainier. We continued on the main road stopping to check out waterfalls and other viewpoints. We went as far as the Paradise area which is the most popular spot in the park. It takes you to about 5,400 feet in elevation. The National Park Service says that “Paradise is the snowiest place on Earth where snowfall is measured regularly.” It has an average of 671 inches of snowfall per year with 1,122 inches recorded during the winter of 1971/72. Mt. Rainier NP is a little off the beaten path but well worth a more extensive visit.
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When we arrived in Tahoe on February 12th, there had been little snowfall for the winter so far. Fortunately, Heavenly mountain has good snowmaking capabilities so there were several runs with good coverage so that we found pretty good ski conditions. Of course, if you looked off into the trees you would see mostly rocks and stumps. So definitely, stick to the main runs.