September 20th (Day 17): Ashford
|Space Needle, seen through the strange roof of the Science Fiction Museum building|
Regarding weather conditions I think this was the worse day during our 4 week vacation. It has been raining all day long.
Rain always means: good weather for a museum. Thus we decided to visit the Science Fiction Musueum located in the Seattle Center. There we could see some exhibits about history of science fiction in novels and movies: costumes, weapons, communication devices, space ships and worlds science fiction authors have come up with since the times of H. G. Wells or Jules Verne or even before, including the chair of Captain Kirk used to film the early TV shows of Star Trek.
In the afternoon we went shopping in a shopping mall south of Seattle ( I always buy Jeans in US since those are much cheaper there than in Europe ). Later we reached Ashford, a small village close to the western entry into Mount Rainier National Park. Still raining, but the weather forecast looked somewhat optimistic.
September 21st (Day 18): Mount Rainier National Park
|Silver falls in Mount Rainier National Park, close to Stevens Canyon Entrance|
It had stopped raining but still heavy clouds covered the sky above Mount Rainier National Park. We drove up to the Paradise Visitor Center: zero view, cold, windy, almost snowing. Then we continued to drive through the park and visited the Box Canyon and the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center. From there we hiked to some Hot Springs, the Silver Falls and the Grove of the Patriarchs, a wood with mighty western redcedar and Douglas fir trees, a 5.6 mile round trip.
After driving all the way back through a foggy surrounding and dawn we reached the Copper Creek Restaurant, famous for home made bread and blackberry pies and marmelade, serving a great grilled trout for dinner this evening.