Kayla and I emerge from the forest and arrive at my car. We look at each other. Joe still hadn’t caught up with us. I unlock my car and pull out my phone. Kayla keeps glancing at the trailhead as I turn my phone on. Finally, it turns on. No signal, that isn’t a surprise given we are in the North Cascades Mountains in North Cascade National Park in northern Washington. Kayla looks at her watch. “It’s 5:30,” she states. “Sunset isn’t until at least 9,” I respond. We have over three hours of sunlight. “He should have realized we were going to make it to the top by now, right,” her voice wobbles. I hesitate for a moment, but respond, “Yea, he should have caught us on the way down.” With that statement, the nagging feeling that I have had the whole way down comes back.
Starting in early May, over 200 people arrive to work in Mount Rainier National Park. These people come from all over the world to spend the summer in the Park. These people live and work on the mountain. They are split between the National Park Inn, Paradise Inn, and Sunrise Visitor Center. The staff comes from different walks of life; the college students, the park bums, and the retires looking for something to do.
Happy Earth Day! Earth day was founded 45 years ago to celebrate the Earth. The giant blue sphere that is our home. In the excitement of celebrating, don’t forget to drink a toast John Muir. Yesterday, John Muir celebrated his 177th birthday. Happy Birthday, John! I know I am a day late, but its the though that counts.