May 27: I feel like I could fly.

The movers pulled away at about 2 pm on Friday, with all my worldly possessions filling most of a truck.

In spite of a minor kafuffle with the closing (you all knew everything was going way too smoothly to be real, right?) and some last-minute computer issues (my computer guy finally finished working on my laptop at 5:30 on Thursday evening – fortunately he was doing it remotely so I didn’t have to go pick it up), everything got done. Hallelujah.

I did a last walk-through, called Loralee as I’d promised, made a few last stops, and got the heck out of Dodge.

I’d decided a while back that I was going to go through Mt. Rainier NP on my way, so that’s what I did. Through the Nisqually Entrance, where I found out that the route I wanted to take had just opened for the season that day, up towards Paradise and down through Stevens Canyon. There wasn’t as much snow up there as I’d thought there would be, either. I suspect the reason Stevens Canyon doesn’t open earlier is because the terrain is basically an avalanche waiting to happen. Chute after chute after chute.

Near Paradise. Still lots of snow!
Near Paradise. Still lots of snow!
Stevens Canyon from the overlook.
Stevens Canyon from the overlook.
Serviceberry in bloom at Box Canyon.
Serviceberry in bloom at Box Canyon.
A view down into Box Canyon, which reminds me a lot of the slot canyons I saw in the Canadian Rockies last summer.
A view down into Box Canyon, which reminds me a lot of the slot canyons I saw in the Canadian Rockies last summer.

It showered off and on most of my way through the park, and I saw not one, but two separate rainbows before I got to Ohanapecosh. Good omen much???

One of the two glorious rainbows I saw at Mt. Rainier. I never did see the Mountain itself, though. Too cloudy and showery.
One of the two glorious rainbows I saw at Mt. Rainier. I never did see the Mountain itself, though. Too cloudy and showery.

I’d thought about spending my first night at Ohanapecosh, but it was still relatively early and the campground was crowded, and I decided to go on.

On down to U.S. 12, which eventually leads to Yakima, with a bunch of forest service campgrounds along the way. I knew it was Memorial Day weekend. What didn’t connect was how this fact would mean full campgrounds along the way. Oh, well. I did eventually find a site, but it was almost 8 pm by the time I did. Thank goodness for almost 16 hour daylight hours this time of year.

And this is where I end by saying I love Merlin the van. He’s comfortable and self-contained, and I was exhausted, and he made my first night on the road great