1952 Argosy Travel Trailer
At the jailhouse in Black Diamond
Black Diamond Train Depot
What a surprise -- it's Mt. Rainier!! We both gasped when
we turned around and spotted it.
Lots of cyclists were doing the climb up to Sunrise Point on
this beautiful sunny day.
Views from Sunrise Point on Mt. Rainier.
Mt. Rainier. The wildflowers were in bloom everywhere.
The green grass on the lower mountains looked like it had
been carefully mowed!!
Mt. Rainier in July.
Lodge at the top.
Mt. Rainier. 14,000 feet of beauty.
Mt. Rainier hangs silently on the horizon, like a painted
backdrop to every scene.
Pigeon guillemots on Puget Sound.
Sailboat on the shimmering waters of
View from the hiking trail at Flagler State Park.
Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington.
Happiness is...traveling and seeing new sights.
Jul 28-August 4, 2007 -- From southern Washington, we drove up to the northern
parts of Washington and the woods became thick, dark and damp. We learned that this
is "old growth forest" with treasured old trees and undergrowth. It is very beautiful, but
after a few days camped in this stuff you long for the sun!!
People camp in all
kinds of rigs, but this
one caught our
Owner Dennis told us it
took over 1900 hours
of work to restore this
1952 antique to its
modern glory. He told
us his wife was very
tolerant, letting him
take a year off of work
to complete the
We stopped at the town of Black Diamond, a cute town with a
historic jail and train depot. But the highlight for us was the
bakery's marionberry pie. Delicious!
For days we had driven around hoping for a glimpse of Mt. Rainier,
but there had been too much fog. As we stepped out of the bakery
we turned and were shocked to see the mountain resting quietly on
To get a better look at the mountain we drove up to Sunrise Point.
Others came up by bike. It looked like a hard but rewarding ride.
The next day 900 cyclists tackled three major mountain passes in
the area -- but they got a cloudy day with no views!!
Mt. Rainier. If you look really closely you can see something of a
trail which is where the mountain climbers hike up to the summit.
40,000 people hike to 10,000 feet every year, and of those 10,000
make it to the summit. You can't do it all in one day -- there is a
camp up in the snow somewhere where everyone stays overnight
on the way up and the way down. It is the tallest mountain in the
US and is the training area for mountaineers planning on
ascending Kilamanjaro and other tall peaks worldwide.
Mt. Rainier. It stands
over 14,000 feet tall. The
tallest point you can
drive to is at 6,400 feet --
which is the same height
as the summit of Mt.
Washington in New
From Mt. Rainier we
traveled north to Puget
Sound and the Olympic
Peninsula. The boats and
sea life were inviting, and
the peaks of Hurricane
Ridge in Olympic National Park were inspiring.
From Hurricane Ridge in
Olympic National Park we
made our way to Port
Angeles where we
boarded a ferry bound for