San Rafael Valley, AZ ~~ Photo by Bill Haas

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Again.  Although the Sierra is still my favorite mountain range, the Cascades have earned a special place in my heart.  Maybe because this range of (we hope) extinct (or at least inactive) volcanoes is so in your face when the skies are clear and blue.  Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and all the way south to Lassen are peaks that on a clear day, one can see for miles around.  And they are stunning in their white-cloaked majesty.
For the folks who live in the shadow of Rainier, you can often hear, "The mountain's out?  Ho-Hum. What's this?  Our ninety-third hour of Summer?!!!  "Big deal!!  But what do I know?  I'm just an awestruck tourist!