Michael On Everything Else

Another great hike and other developments

We can almost see the finish line! 🏁 Our household goods are in Portland, have cleared customs, and are waiting for a delivery truck. We’re hoping that by the 22nd we have delivery. Fingers crossed!

Last weekend we met some friends in Seattle and went for a hike along Crystal Mountain with gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier.

Crystal Mountain Trail Maps

We took the Mt. Rainier Gondola (the straight-ish line up in the center of the map) to Summit House Restauraunt and had our packed lunch there. We then followed the Crystal Mountain Trail in a south-westerly direction, or to the left on the map. We followed it all the way to Bear Gap Trail then to Silver Creek Trail, which brought us right back to the parking lot where we started.

Blue layers of mountains! Mt. Rainier Mt. Rainier and White River Obligatory selfie Next to Elizabeth Lake

We’re still getting used to the difference in weather and day length. Both Singapore and Bali (more-so Singapore) are close to the equator so the sun rises and sets very quickly each day and each day is roughly 12 hours long. When we first got to Portland, it was getting dark around 9:30, as opposed to roughly 6:30 in Bali. Now it’s starting to get dark around 4:30 here in Portland. We both grew up in similar settings; in northern lattitudes. But being so close to the equator for over eight years made the difference more obvious.

By Tauʻolunga - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=943699 By Tauʻolunga - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=943708
Along the equator (left picture), the sun path is nearly a 90° angle with the ground, where-as in Portland, at 45° latitude (right picture), the sun doesn't get more than 16° above the horizon during winter solstice! (wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_path)