Jul 6, 2010

Mount Rainer Day Trip...

We had a long holiday weekend,
so we decided to go on a day trip
around Mount Rainer.

(click photos to enlarge)

In the town of Ashford there are these little cabins,
just play size...


but... I thought they were oh so cute,
like doll houses for boys:-)


I loved this one
that had a branch for a roof support!


Maybe a perfect rustic fairytale cottage is more to your liking?
Roses sprawling all over the roof!
It is an antique store... but is was closed,
a reason to go back!


This new hotel
had the most beautiful lazy creek,
complete with a working waterwheel,
the hillside was covered in wild lupine!

What a gorgeous place to lounge away the day!

I know I have gone to a mountain...
but,  am I showing you a mountain?
No... houses,  next come the flowers!

I am truly one of those people
who doesn't seen the forest through the trees.

I like what is in front of me,  what I can touch.


I love all the wildflowers on the mountain..
I am hoping to find the time to go back this summer
for a wildflower hike.
Then I could learn more of the names.


This is wild Phlox...
growing in vibrant patches all along the rocky hillsides.


An unknown bright orange flower...


My favorite wild Lupine...
The hills are covered in it.
I don't think there is anything
more breathtaking than purple hillsides:-)
and the smell... Mmmmmm!

Today I am joining,
Susan at A Southern Daydreamer


Thanks for visiting me today!

42 comments:

It's me said...

What a beautiful place to be.............love Ria.......

siromade08 said...

Beautiful weekend adventure, you must enjoy the trip. the views were great and wonderful photo of the wild flowers.

Atticmag said...

What a wonderful outing. That antique shop - oh my, how charming. Love the 'dollhouses for boys' comment. Please visit and see the flowers I'm showing this week!
Jane T.

Sherry said...

Beautiful location and you took wonderful photos. I would need to revisit that antique store, how neat!
Sherry

A Garden of Threads said...

The antique shop is beautiful, that would certainly require a revisit. Wild lupins growing along the side of the road must have been a wonderful sight.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Sooo pretty! I ADORE those little cottages!!! You're so lucky (and smart!) to live near such a beautiful place. Thanks for showing us!
Cheers, Andrea

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wonderful pictures. What a beautiful spot.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Sailing Simply said...

What a beautiful place! Those little cottages are adorable. Love the look of the antique shop too. Looks like you had a lovely trip!

High Heeled Life said...

What great pictures!! That antique store truly does look like something from a fairytale. It wuld be interesting to learn about its history. Happy Tuesday.. HHL

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bella, those little houses do indeed look like dollhouses! I was drawn to them right away! What a wonderful store too. I would love to hear the history on it. The flowers in the mountains are lovely and you took such wonderful photos. Thank you for taking us on an adventure.

Blessings,
Sandi

LV said...

I wish I could have been with you in person on this little outing. However, I truly enjoyed it throguh your lens. Great post.

DesigningLadyJane said...

Lot a lovely little trip. Those cottages are intriguing, what was their original purpose? The rustic cottage is gorgeous, too bad you couldn't go inside.

Victorian1885 said...

For sure you need to return to the Antique shop! ; ) Lovely photos Bella, I hope you had a relaxing time with your Sweetie!

Wanda

Cabin and Cottage said...

Look at how funny all this comment business is on Blogger today! I was freaking that I was gonna lose everything--glad it's all ironed out! I lost some old posts. ANYWAY!! Look at your cute little huts! And that Hotel with the waterwheel is right out of Disney! I can almost hear squirrels singing! My son just got back from Rainer for his second climb. Just gorgeous around there--your wildflower photos are beautiful! Thanks for letting us have a look around! JQ

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I love the little cottages! What a beautiful place to visit!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
Cathy

Light and Voices said...

Interesting cyber tour.
Joyce M

Kathy said...

beautiful enchanting cottages! I do love the rose covered ones. Lovely flower pictures too!
I have two giveaways, hope you stop by,
Kathy

Really Rainey said...

Beautiful and fun post! Loved the little cottages!
I think a couple of those photos would look cool changed to Black and white...
Have fun!
~Rainey~

Betty said...

I love your blog. I just discoved you. What a beautiful trip.
Betty

Olga said...

Wonderful place. I like the cabins and that adorable shop. A wild flower hike is something I like to do too.

Renee said...

Beautiful place.

Beautiful flowers.

Limar said...

LOVE the little cabins!! Very nice pictures :)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Beautiful...I know they're really not even close, but looking at the top photos, it reminded me of the Hobbit.

My Wednesday post -Tall Sail Ships Arriving. Lots of photos! Hope you can come take the tour with me!

Heather said...

Those cabins are so darn cute! What a nice place to visit - thanks for the tour Bella!

Princesa Nadie said...

That house is really as a fairytale...and the wild flowers...I love them
Mount rainer is a beautiful place
A kiss

sewingseeds4U said...

It's all so beautiful. What a wonderful place to get away to.

AshTreeCottage said...

What a perfect spot! Charming cottages and sweet mountain flowers. I'm going to plan a trip there. Too bad that antique shop was closed and it's another good reason to go back!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Could I have the fairytale cottage, pleeeeaseeee???
Fra

Bernideen said...

This are such fun little house full of charm!

Linda said...

What a wonderful place to visit! Great photos!

Southerncook said...

This was such a charming post for Outdoor Wednesday. I loved the little houses and those wildflowers just take your breath away.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

What a relaxing excursion. Thanks for inviting us.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

What great photos..I especially love the tiny houses. Would you mind if I used them for personal use...I can see them turned to another color and a faerie nearby!

I love the antique shop...I've always loved the houses that have flowers or vines growing on the sides or the roof...so romantic.♥

I'm visiting for Outdoor Wednesday..drop by when you are out and about.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

maría cecilia said...

Lovely ride, Bella, and a so beautiful place!!!
cariños,
maria cecilia

shirley said...

All I can say is..Life is good...the pictures show it is so..

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful shots and I just love those little cabins! I wouldn't mind one of those in my backyard :)

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Thank you, Bella...

I'll let you know when I've played with the photos. :0) And I will definitely give credit to you for these whimsical little houses.♥

Hugs,
Stephanie ♥

Lady Farmer said...

Greetings fellow Washingtonian!
We are thinking of a day trip to Mt. Rainier tomorrow. Love your pics! We've never stopped in Ashford ~ looks like it could be fun!
Blessings!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely photos! The flowers are gorgeous. looks like you had a great day!

Damaris said...

Thankyou for bringing us along!! This little orange wildflowers are, Indian Paintbrush!! We have hillsides of these!! XXOO, Damaris

Suzy said...

I love riding up there. And I'm like you...I end up taking pics of the little things on the way up. Do you know about the natural alphabet on the side of the restaurant not far outside of the gates. I just love that.

A Write Life said...

Lovely wildflowers. The orange ones look like Indian Paintbrush to me. One of my favorite wildflowers. Great tour, thanks for taking me along.