On the drive from California to Washington, we passed through a pretty gnarly storm on the coast. While stopping to check out the wave action, we came across a large group of pelicans huddled together trying to weather out the storm. I've tried for years to get a close up photo of one of these great birds, but have never been successful. These birds keep their distance and seem to fly away if you look twice at them. Now I know that all I have to do was wait for a large storm to keep them grounded! Ha!
Enjoying a break from the rain, but very cold temperatures, Kerri and I headed up the new trail at Mailbox Peak. This trail gained 4000 ft in ~4.5 miles, which is much easier on the legs than the old trail that covered the same elevation in 2 miles. It was a bright, beautiful day, but too cold to spend much time enjoying the views from the top.
Mt. Rainier watching us make our way up Mailbox Peak
We've got mail!
Kerri and the rock field at the top. The tiiiiny white specks on the center horizon are Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, and their North Cascade friends.