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A Thrill of Hope

Each Christmas season I am deeply reminded that despite the weary repetitiveness of conflict–personal, political, economic, terror–hope renews me. God has so much more to teach me, to teach each of us, as we wait for Him, seek Him, follow Him.
Spray_Park, Mt_Rainer_NP

In God alone my soul finds peace. Spray Park and Mt Rainier

I realize as I am hiking on the trail, through incredible scenery and sometimes dull scenery, that only God provides rest and peace.  As I shed the noise and the distractions, as I my mind slows down from the busy thoughts of the “to do list” at home, I relax and open my mind to the created world around me and the Creator. I am no longer separate or isolated.  I am, once again, close to the Source of all being.

Calliope hummingbird

Spray Park, Mt Rainier

Thankfulness. From the William O Douglas Wilderness and Spray Park

As I hiked into and through the William  O Douglas Wilderness and Spray Park in Mt Rainier National Park, my heart was continually lifted up by the glorious Creation the Lord has blessed us with.  The moments of sheer, overwhelming beauty pushed the tiredness away from my aging body.  Spiritually, at least, I was lift up like an eagle–and at least my mind could hike and not grow weary.

Thankfulness, gratitude for His Blessings, filled me.  It was good to be in His “spaces”–vast skies and tall mountains as well as small wildflowers and flowing meadows.
Spray Park, Mt Rainier

Mt Adams, Goat Rocks, William O Douglas Wilderness

Spray Park, Mt Rainier National Park

Located in the less frequented northwest corner of Mt Rainier National Park, Spray Park bursts forth in the densest and most colorful wildflowers I have ever experienced. From the trailhead at Mowich Lake, Bob and I hiked up and down and up and down, and finally steeply up to reach Spray Park.  The meadows begin at about 6000 feet and continue in a tier like fashion to about 6800 feet. Just as the Sperry Glacier hike in Glacier National Park took Meg and me through multiple levels of waterfalls, the Spray Park trail took Bob and me into multiple layers of wildflower meadows and ponds.

If you are in Seattle in August, the drive to Mowich Lake and the subsequent hike into Spray Park is well worth the time.  There is walk in campground at the end of the road with twenty five campsites (the walk is quite short)  if you have time to spend the night–a better option because you will have more time to enjoy the hike.