Yesderday I returned from visiting good friends in Selah, Washington. I drove Interstate 90 to get there. However, I decided to take Highway 410 on my way home. That afternoon was spent floating the Yakima River (that should be another blog post) which made for a late afternoon departure. I was on the road around 4:00 p.m. by the time I got gas and taking a side 4-mile side trip to Tieton. I arrived at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier around 5:30.
I can't remember the last time I was at Sunrise. If fact, I had no clue on where to start. I asked a lady who had just come down from running the trails with her two small kids which way to go. I was impressed, since the altitude was affecting me at the beginning of my hike — I couldn't imagine running at the moment. She suggested a direction that took me up past Frozen Lake to the Burroughs Mountain. Not long after I started the trek, I ran into this deer which stopped along the trail to graze once he saw me. As I squeaked my tripod into position, he trotted off.