Saturday, July 9, 2011

Day Nine | Yummy Breakfast, Mt. Rainier, Seattle and a Scary Van

We started the morning off right with breakfast at our resort. We love supporting small businesses, so we were happy to have breakfast with Nick, the three year-old grandson of the owner of our resort. Yummy, yummy food and only $20 for a HUGE breakfast!
Off we drove to Mt. Rainier. The temperature sure did drop when we hit the park; it was only 45 degrees! We stopped at all the Visitor Centers - Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, and Sunrise. Scott and the girls enjoyed some snowball fights along the way ...

We went on a hike through The Grove of the Patriarchs and saw some beautiful old trees. They were huge. It was amazing to see how large the Red Cedars could get after all those years.
It wasn't until we got to the top - Sunrise - that we saw how beautiful Mt. Rainier really was. Wow! If you are going to go to Mt. Rainier do not skip the drive to Sunrise. Fabulous views.

We drove to Seattle and dropped off the last of the Redbox movies. Yes, Annelies is kissing the Redbox cases - she was sad to see them go!
We settled into a Holiday Inn Express (used Scott's travel points) that we will stay at for the next two nights, threw in a load of laundry and emptied the rental van, completely. Let me tell you ... after nearly 3,000 miles on the road that thing was disgusting! Yikes! Tomorrow we will spend the day touring Seattle ...

Day eight: 215 miles (2,710 total); $59.64 on gas ($412.08 total); $66.34 on souvenirs ($371.53 total); $15 tourist traps ($410.17 total); One state (Six total); One Country (Two total); 1 fight (1 total); 1 injury (1 total).

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