We just returned from Seattle, where we proudly observed our second son defend his dissertation. The complex mathematical formulas were Greek to us, but he sure did look good and sound smart. It was fun to bask in the reflected glory of his success. (Photo is by Steve's cell phone. Not the greatest, but we didn't dare distract son or professors by whipping out a real camera!)
Then we were off, with son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law to Mount Rainier National Park for an overnight backpacking trip to Grand Park. The views of Rainier were impressive. This shows the north side of the mountain, about 8 miles from the peak. We were able to view the Liberty Ridge route, (prominent steep ridge to the right) by which our 2 sons summitted a couple of years ago.
Flowers painted the meadows.
With moonrise came a ground-hugging mist. The guys insisted on sleeping outside.
Their sleeping bags were frost-covered in the morning. The ladies had more sense and slept in the tent!