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Mt. Rainier Weekend
NWCOC Events in Review: Mt. Rainier Weekend
By Lincoln Sarmanian (Vashon Island, WA)
It was a busy fall season for the NWCOC, with not just one, but two fall driving events! On the weekend of October 5th and 6th, 2002, NWCOC Members and friends (Katherine Enos, Axel Kaliske, Lincoln Sarmanian, Chris Adshead, Doreen Berrington, John and Katherine de Vries, and John MacGregor, and Uschi Walter) gathered at IHOP in Kent, WA, for breakfast. Others met up with the well-fed group (Eero, Heli, and Lydia Kovero, Mark McKibbin, Henry and Leena Reed, and Dick and Eivor Von Hagel with their granddaughter Abby), the driving instructions and maps were distributed, and off we went!
Two Rendezvous Points had
been designated so that people could easily join us from the more
southern areas. The first was at the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railway in
Elbe, which had closed for the season the previous weekend, but was in
full swing with a special charter event. There was enough to do here
that this will likely be an event in and of itself in the future. Many
participants commented on how much they enjoyed the exhilarating drive
on the mountain road leading into Elbe. Unfortunately, at this point
Doreen Berrington, who was still recovering from an illness earlier in
the week decided that she had better return home and get some more
rest. She was missed the rest of the trip.
As people finished their
hikes and exploration of the Lodge, clumps of people headed back to
the campground and hotel. The group I was with (4 2CVs and a D wagon)
stopped at Box Canyon and hiked down to a waterfall on the Muddy Fork
branch of Stevens Creek (and yes, there are a lot of waterfalls in the
mountains). While beautiful, this hike was all downhill from the
parking area and was very steep. Down was easy but getting back was
There were 2 breakfast
options, one at the campground and one in town. The groups met up,
re-fueled, and headed out. The first stop was going to be for a short
hike into an old growth area (Grove of the Patriarchs Trail), but
somehow we never saw the parking area.
Five of us headed up the
Burroughs Mountain Trail (on foot), with Henry Reed leading the way.
There were 3 sensible turnaround points, and all of us made it to the
second, whereupon Henry Reed and Mark McKibbin continued on, while
Axel Kaliske, Uschi Walter, and I declared lunchtime. Everyone
survived the rigors of the day, and the last 5 people and 3 cars
headed back toward Seattle wishing that we had another day to explore.
In all, some 11 cars (2 non-Citroen) and 19 people from 5 countries (Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, and the USA) participated for some or all of this weekend. Models present included 2CVs, D sedans, a D wagon, and an SM. As usual with any good event, people were talking of potential future trips even before this one had come to an end! If you didn't make it to this event, you missed out!
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