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Karen Allendoerfer

Pause before Jumping In

September 6, 2009 at 1:37 PM

It's Labor Day Weekend, and the fall semester is about to get into full swing.  Orchestra starts Wednesday, my regular lessons start Thursday (new day of the week), my daughter's regular lessons start again then too.

But just before all that, I had the opportunity to visit some of my family at Mt. Rainier, Washington.  It was a memorial service for my Uncle Jim, who climbed Mt. Rainier in his 30's.

Take a deep breath.

 

 


From Anne Horvath
Posted on September 6, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Beautiful photos!


From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on September 6, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Thanks!  I think you were commenting while I was adding a few more and fiddling with the photo sharing :)


From Anne Horvath
Posted on September 6, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Great minds post tutti.

(Insert smiley face here!)


From Laurie Niles
Posted on September 6, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Thank you, I very much needed a deep breath!


From Bonny Buckley
Posted on September 6, 2009 at 10:33 PM

I somehow cannot load your photos.  Yet I have been on Mt. Rainier (not the summit) many times so just thinking about those awesome views and feelings is enough.  It is one of the most magical, magnificent places on earth.  The air just makes you feel giddy by breathing it.  Went there again last summer on the back of my bf's Harley.  That is a really nice way to enter the park if you ever get the chance.  I go there every summer I am able for its rejuvenating effects.  What a great place for a memorial.  Sorry to hear of your loss. 


From Royce Faina
Posted on September 6, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Karen- Thanks a billion for the photos and my heart goes out to you and others regarding your loss!


From Rosalind Porter
Posted on September 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Such beautiful photos, definitely one place I would love to visit.  What an inspiring and moving location to choose for a memorial service.


From Tom Holzman
Posted on September 7, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Mt. Rainier is a wonderful place, and your photos capture it beautifully.  Thanks for sharing. 


From Pauline Lerner
Posted on September 7, 2009 at 4:01 PM

I send my condolences to you and your family.

Those are beautiful photos.  Thanks for posting them.  I've been to Mt. Rainier only once.  It was disappointing because of the heavy fog.  I could not see the mountain from the ground.  I could reach it and drive up onto it, and what I saw there was beautiful.  The only view I got of the mountain as a whole was from the airplane.


From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 7, 2009 at 4:08 PM

 Ahhhhhhhh. 

Thanks, Karen.  : )


From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on September 7, 2009 at 4:06 PM

The day before I took these pictures, the day we drove up from the airport, the mountain was also in heavy fog.  We walked to a waterfall and could barely see it from the trail.  We were concerned that the hike to scatter the ashes would be similarly fogged in.  But the next morning dawned bright and clear, and I could see the mountain from the hotel window. 


From Adam Clifford
Posted on September 8, 2009 at 2:11 PM

From Tom Holzman
Posted on September 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM

You were lucky to get a good day for pictures.  My recollection from my days living in Seattle (from where you could actually see it on a good day) was that you could only see it on a handful of days each year due to the conditions.  But, it was sure glorious when you could, and the several times we went Mt. Rainier, we were very lucky to have gooe weather.


From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on September 8, 2009 at 3:05 PM

 Where my dad and his brothers grew up they could see the mountain from their house (when it was out).


From sharelle taylor
Posted on September 11, 2009 at 12:38 AM

They're some pretty wildflowers and a great looking mountain.

Uncle Jim must have made some good contacts already - he fandangled a lovely day for the memorial service. 


From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on September 11, 2009 at 9:39 PM

 Sharelle, that's what my other uncle said, that Jim must have been pulling some strings.

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