A new gathering spot for the community picnic was offered between two homes, which proved to be an ideal location on a beautiful sunny afternoon
The two co-hosts also did an superb job of preparing the dogs and bergers.
There was an abundance of food, as always, and a great time was enjoyed by the record turnout. Many additional photos are being shared by the picnic committee.
The wispy clouds were the main focus, but an unseen eagle stole into the picture towards the end of the day.
The annual Independence Day band concert at the Meeker Mansion in Puyallup was well attended on a perfect day. Notice that the band is comfortably located in the shade.
Q. Where is a good location for enjoying the fireworks display, free from the pressing crowds and occasional mosquitoes?
A. Looking out the window in the comfort of one's own home.
On the 24th we took the annual trek to the Sunrise area of the Mountain. No hiking this time as the snow had not completed its melt. The newly remodeled visitors' center is now open and sporting interesting displays and descriptions of Mt. Rainier's formation.
The trail down from the ridge was passable but packed with snow.
This Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel seemed quite friendly and was probably looking for tourist scraps, which are forbidden.
Mt. Adams is seen beyond the foothills looking east from the scenic viewpoint just down the road from Sunrise.
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