I had always heard about the majestic beauty of Mount Rainier, so when I finally got the chance to visit, I was beyond excited. Little did I know that this trip would turn into one hilarious adventure that I would never forget.
My journey began with a group of friends who were just as eager to explore the wonders of this iconic mountain. We decided to take on the challenge of hiking up to Camp Muir, which sits at an elevation of 10,188 feet. Armed with our backpacks filled with snacks and water bottles, we embarked on our expedition.
As we started climbing, it became apparent that none of us were seasoned hikers. The trail was steeper than any stairmaster I had ever encountered at the gym. Sweat poured down our faces as we struggled to catch our breaths. But hey, what’s a little physical exertion in exchange for breathtaking views?
About halfway up the mountain, disaster struck—or rather stumbled upon us in the form of a rogue squirrel. As we stopped for a quick break and pulled out some granola bars from our bags, this fearless critter leaped onto one poor friend’s shoulder and attempted to snatch his snack right from his hand! Chaos ensued as he flailed around trying to shake off his new furry companion while desperately clinging onto his precious bar.
After escaping from the squirrel attack unscathed (minus some dignity), we continued onward and upward towards Camp Muir. The higher we climbed, the more intense the weather became. Thick fog enveloped us like a mystical blanket and made it nearly impossible to see more than a few feet ahead.
We pressed on regardless until suddenly my friend let out an ear-piercing scream! Startled by her reaction, we turned around only to find her standing face-to-face with…a goat? Yes, you read that correctly—a goat had somehow found its way up here too! It stared at us curiously, as if wondering what on earth we were doing in its domain.
Eventually, after navigating through a maze of rocks and snow, we finally reached Camp Muir. The view was simply breathtaking—when the clouds momentarily cleared, that is. We celebrated our achievement with high-fives and goofy poses for photos.
Looking back on my Mount Rainier adventure, I can’t help but laugh at the unexpected moments that made this trip truly memorable. From squirrel attacks to goat encounters, it was an adventure filled with surprises at every turn. So if you’re looking for a dose of laughter amidst nature’s splendor, pack your sense of humor along with your hiking gear and head to Mount Rainier—it won’t disappoint!