Weekly Newsletter – Mashley’s Adventures – Exploring Mt Rainier In Depth

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Current Location: somewhere on the trail in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.
~ Friedrich Schiller


This week’s adventure finds us still in Washington, taking advantage of a technical loophole.  The Wonderland Trail is a 93 mile trail that encircles Mt. Rainier and is notoriously hard to get permits for – far more people apply than they have permits available. To overnight in the backcountry in Mt Rainier National Park you have to get a permit for each night. This year they were having difficulties with the reservation system, so they’ve canceled any reservations and all permits are available only via a first-come-first-serve basis.

Since we were in the area it only seemed fitting to take advantage of this opportunity. After a day of recovery after Glacier we re-packed and, this time in the RV, we headed down to the mountain with a) hopes of seeing it for more than a few hours and b) plans for a 10-day excursion on the Wonderland Trail.

From prior experience, we know that there is no signal available here in the area (apparently Mt. Rainier not only creates its own weather but it also sucks up any sort of digital signal). So, once again, we have to beg your pardon with this short weekly update. We’re out on the trail, somewhere.

Next week we’ll spill all the juicy details. Upon finishing our hike we’ll be heading east, picking up a few new states along the way to Kentucky. We’ll have plenty of time for pontificating about our adventures while trekking across the great plains.

Adventuring away,

Matthew & Ashley

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