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Thursday, July 27, 2017

#ThursdayThoughts West Coast Vacation Mt. Rainier & Olympic National Parks

Good Morning from Grand Marais, MN!

Well, we are on the very last leg of our West Coast Vacation trip. We arrived here yesterday. This morning we're taking a ferry out of Grand Portage to Isle Royale National Park which is actually on the Michigan side of Lake Superior. I'll share pics from here later but now we're talking about 2 of the 3 national parks in Washington....Mt. Rainier and Olympic.

We arrived in Packwood, WA on July 6th and actually had a view of the mountain from our RV site! The pic I took in no way does this lovely mountain justice, but here are a couple for you....One is off Reflection Lakes....

I tell you, if you only have the opportunity to visit one place in WA, make it Mt. Rainier!

One thing I found endearing about Packwood is that elk could be seen walking through town and in the campground. I'm used to seeing deer out and about in Bandera, but never thought I'd see elk the same way!


Another lovely surprise was a roadside Prayer Park associated with the Presbyterian Church!

We left Packwood on the 9th and traveled NW to Pt. Angeles, WA and Olympic National Park where we got a glimpse of snow on the highest peaks and Sol Duc Falls.... 

As majestic as Olympic was, it paled in comparison to Rainier, but I'm grateful to have seen God's handiwork in these two national parks.

Next week we'll visit North Cascades (still in WA) and Glacier in MT. Until then, if you want to catch up on the entire trip you can start at the beginning (TX), and follow us to NMAZ and California (CA #2) and from there to Redwoods and Crater Lake!

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Darcy Flynn said...

What an outstanding trip and the memories will last a lifetime!

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Thanks for sharing these lovely photos with us.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Definitely Darcy!
Glad you're enjoying the pics, Jacquie! A photographer I am not...although I'd love to take a class or two...someday.

Thanks Ladies!

Susan Oleksiw said...

This is a great trip, and you're fortunate to be able to take it. Thanks for sharing the pix. This is a truly beautiful country.

Tanya Hanson said...

Gorgeous pictures! Washington is definitely a place we Long to explore. xo

Marissa Garner said...

You are on a truly amazing adventure. We love visiting National Parks, but haven't been to WA. Thanks for sharing these. Enjoy Glacier. It and Yellowstone were so inspiring for us a couple years ago.

marilyn leach said...

Pam, I've enjoyed the photos and commentary. Have more fun than you know what to do with, stay safe, and be blessed! Cheers

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Yes, Susan, incredibly blessed to be able to take this trip. Hopefully there'll be more in the future.

You'll love WA, Tanya!

Definitely an amazing adventure, Marissa. Not getting to Yellowstone this year....maybe some other time.

So glad you've enjoyed the posts and pics, Marilyn!

Thank you, Ladies for sharing the joy with me.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Always lovely to see your travels, Pam!