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04-AUG-2014

The Circus is in Town

Or maybe not in town since Iím not at home. While driving north I noticed several southbound trucks carrying circus or carnival rides. Although they had no animals that Iím aware of, I did see elephants yesterday. They were located in the meadows adjacent to Washington Pass. I had been looking forward to seeing elephantís head since Iíve only previously seen it at Mount Rainier. I was also saw Lewisís monkey flower, which I was also eagerly anticipating since I tend to associate it with Mount Rainier. As far as I know, Rainier isnít on fire, although I canít say for sure since it wasnít visible when we drove north. The reason I mention that is because we saw the smoke from a big wildfire near Mount Lassen. The sun was quite red through the smoke, and our car was covered with ash the following morning. Up here the Carlton Complex fire is raging, but luckily there arenít any fires closer to where weíll be hiking. Speaking of which, weíll start today. Yesterday we drove a lot, so our only ďhikesĒ were a short stroll at Washington Pass and the extremely easy trail to Rainy Lake. The Lake is beautiful, but the lighting for photography was awful. Oh well, we take what we can get. Sure itís disappointing when we canít get nice pictures, but how can I complain about being in the North Cascades.

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Judi Hastings17-Aug-2014 16:26
A very "fireworkish" kind of flower!