Today we made
it back to the area's main attraction for me - the Most Magic
Mount Rainier. We went to the Sunrise Rim vantage point and started
our climb at 6,400 feet and treked up to 7,400 feet and back down
in 7 miles, round trip. We had intended to take the moderate difficulty
trails, but got carried away once we got farther out and decided
we wanted to see Frozen Lake. The paths start out wide, relatively
level and seemingly easy except for the constant going uphill
part. Then, when it was too late to turn back, we got to a place
where we had to cross a stretch of snow, going uphill.
Texas girl knows nothing about walking in snow, obviously. I was
struggling and slipping when this woman who had already made it
came and took me by the hand and showed me how to turn my foot
and dig in to the side and to take small steps. In this wonderful
Russian accent, she kept repeating, "Watch my feet - like
this - like we say in Russia "small steps make big progress."
When I was safely at the top, she seemed like an angel to me and
I had Don take my picture with her - I'm sure she thought I was
crazy but she laughed and hugged me anyway.