Camping in Rainier National Park
August 26, 2009 at 5:16 am #3348eonParticipant
Went on my first bike camping trip last weekend. Only a short little ride but it was my first time camping in 25 years. Learned a few lessons, like don’t bring a sleeping bag rated at 55′ when the temperature probably got down into the 30’s. I ended up wearing a fleece and had my bike jacket over me and it was still chilly. Also put a bit more thought into what food to bring. The turkey&beans in a can didn’t really do it for me.
Not many bike pictures. Really need to get that GoPro camera as the ride up to Sunrise was awesome. 20 minutes of twisties climbing up the mountain side. I’m too lazy to post all the pictures individually so you will have to make do with a slide show.August 26, 2009 at 3:12 pm #21941owlieParticipant
Wow that is beautiful. I’ll have to drag my friend up that way next time I’m in Seattle.
And yes, Elwood, 30 degrees. We’ve already started closing up the house at night…August 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm #21943owlieParticipant
I should also mention that we have the whole snowbird phenomena; Eon may see it also. I’m sure you see it on the other end. Retirees who come to Alaska for the gorgeous summers, then go to Pheonix, Florida, or Hawaii for the winter….August 26, 2009 at 7:04 pm #21953eonParticipant
I’m not exactly sure how cold it got during the night but at 9am, when it had warmed up considerably the temp gauge on my bike said 48′. The camp ground is at 4000ft and there is a glacier at the end of the valley so I’m sure a lot of cold air came flowing down from that. I just know once the sun went down it got cold pretty quickly. It’s still warm here (at least for me) during the day. Temps in the 70s, maybe 80s still but it gets cold once you start gaining altitude.
I’m not sure if Seattle gets any snowbirds. It has a reputation for being gray and overcast all the time which is just not true but if it keeps the crowds away, that’s fine by me
This area is absolutely stunning and is hard to beat for motorcycling in my opinion. I lived here for a few years before moving to Atlanta but never really got out and experienced it. Living in the concrete jungle of Atlanta made me realize what I had been missing and once I moved back here, I was determined to get out and explore this country a lot more. That was a major factor in me taking up motorcycling in the first place. No better way to sight see IMO.August 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm #22003okcponyParticipant
Agree with the others that the scenery is awesome! Those little chipmunks or whatever they are get fairly brave when food is involved. You got some great pictures, and some great memories to go along with them. The walk over the narrow wood bridge over the rushing water did look intimidating to me…
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