Our Summer Hikes at Mt. Rainier

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( October 28th, 2014 )

Mt Rainier Van Trump Park

I really love that my husband and I live so close to Mt. Rainier. Over the years, it has become my favorite place to hike, and I find myself saying to my husband often, “Can we go to Mt. Rainier this weekend?” With so many options, from day hikes, to overnights, to extended backpacking trips. Even climbing for those so inclined. This summer, my husband and I did a variety of those options, with the exception of climbing, in order to enjoy nature, and to rejuvenate the spirit.

Mt Rainier Emmons Glacier

Mt Rainier Gobblers Knob

Mt Rainier Naches Peak Loop

For the most part, we had great warm, sunny weather on many of our trips, but there was also that mix of some colder, cloudier, foggier weather from the mountain that is known for creating its own weather patterns. But no matter what the weather on Mt. Rainier that we encountered this summer, the hikes were still beautiful. Especially when the wildflowers were in bloom.

Mt Rainier St Andrews Lake

Mt Rainier St Andrews Lake

Mt Rainier Emerald Ridge

Mt Rainier Wildflowers

I share some pictures of our trips along the Emmons Glacier Trail, Owyhigh Lakes, the Naches Peak Loop, Tipsoo Lake, Gobblers Knob, Lake George, St. Andrews Lake, Emerald Ridge, Comet Falls, Van Trump Park, and…Paradise. Most of these were new hikes for both of us. I find it fascinating that no matter how many times I have hiked on Mt. Rainier, there are still new places to discover and enjoy.

Mt Rainier Lake George

Mt Rainier Tipsoo Lake Naches Peak Loop

Mt Rainier Owyhigh Lakes

Mt Rainier Comet Falls

Whether we hiked up to a knob, around a loop, to a lake, to a waterfall, or on a ridge, there really is a place on Mt. Rainier called Paradise. And a feel of paradise no matter where we hike on the mountain.

Mt Rainier Van Trump Park

Mt Rainier Emerald Ridge

Mt Rainier Paradise

Sweet Travels!

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And the Winner is…Punxsutawney Phil in the Cotswolds

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( October 20th, 2014 )

I. Won. First. Place!

In the International Category of the “Worldwide Adventures of Punxsutawney Phil” photography contest!

Saint Michaels Church Buckland Cotswolds Punxsutawney Phil

The premise of the contest is that the Groundhog Club provided me with a picture of Punxsutawney Phil that my husband and I took with us on our travels this past summer, both nationally and internationally. The background as to why I wanted to take Phil with us on various adventures is because, well, my birthday is on Groundhog’s Day. And it sounded like fun to compose pictures with Phil in them.

This winning picture was taken during our 12-day walk through the Cotswolds area of England. I actually took pictures of Phil at many churches, and ironically this was the second church of our trip, and one of the first of many, many pictures of Phil taken throughout our summer. This church is the Saint Michael’s Church in Buckland, a medieval church with some parts still existing from the years 1200, 1325, and 1480.

We also took Phil to London, and to a restoration project we are involved in at Burrow’s Island Lighthouse near Anacortes, WA. The most fun place we took Punxsutawney Phil, I think, was backpacking to “the other Gobblers Knob” on Mt. Rainier.

Sweet Travels!

If you want to see all this year’s winners, here is a link on the Groundhog Club’s Pinterest page.

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Old Petrol Pumps in the Cotswolds

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( October 16th, 2014 )

Old Petrol Pumps Cotswolds

1920 was the year “the first commercial petrol station opened in England.” Prior to that, “petrol was sold in two-gallon cans, often from a chemist or ironmonger [hardware store].” The first petrol pumps were operated by hand, and later became electric.

Old Petrol Pumps Fina Cotswolds

As my husband and I walked around the Cotswolds area in England for 12 days, we randomly saw a few old petrol pumps still part of the scenery. I thought they were very cool, so I took a few photos. They were classic and historical, much like the old red telephone boxes and old red post office boxes that we saw as well.

Old Petrol Pumps Regent Cotswolds

Old Petrol Pumps TT Cotswolds

About half way between our wanderings, we also visited the Cotswold Motoring Museum located in Bourton-on-the-Water. Aside from seeing many cool vintage cars, caravans, motorcycles, and bicycles, and other automobile-related memorabilia, they had a few old petrol pumps as well. The information above in the first paragraph about the old petrol pumps came from the booklet we bought at the museum.

Old Petrol Pumps Cotswold Motoring Museum

Old Petrol Pumps Cotswold Motoring Museum

Sweet Travels!

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