Mt. Rainier never fails to inspire…

My brother, Brian, and his wife, Rose, are moving permanently to the Philippines. I know he is loved and appreciated by her family, but its hard to think of him so far away. We took a day drive around Mt. Rainier National Park and he mentioned it could be the last time he sees this type of scenery.

I’ve lived in Washington State for over forty years and have taken at least ten guests on the same trip. Rose brought a fresh breath of excitement and awe. Her eye for photo opportunities was fun. She and Brian have lived in Michigan six months out of the year for the last five years. In the future, I hope to see the sights in the Philippines. Have you been there?

Paradise is an area where mountain climbers meet to climb to the peak and other less thrill-seeking folks enjoy wild flowers and a visitors center. A lovely lodge and restaurant are open during the summer months. About two million visitors enjoy the spectacular scenery every year.

Still in the Paradise parking lot, these other peaks deserve a bit of glory, too. At the first stop on the downward trip, we met a couple visiting from Minnesota.

A huge THANK YOU to all who voted recently. The Targeted Pawn finaled in The Raven Award Contest from Uncaged Magazine in the contemporary category and for the beautiful cover. Torn by Vengeance finaled in the contemporary category as well. The awards show determining winners will be broadcast soon on Facebook in a live event with prizes. If you are a Facebook user, join the Uncaged Book Reviews page and stay tuned. I ended up in Facebook jail last year for making too many atta-girl comments!

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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10 Responses to Mt. Rainier never fails to inspire…

  1. pamelagibson says:

    About eight years ago we cruised from Olympia to the San Juans in our Nordic Tug and I remember seeing this glorious peak from our early anchorages. Thank you for the memory.

  2. sueberger3 says:

    I have a wonderful picture from I think 1990. It’s a double negative. It was unintentional But I loved the result.
    My sister lives in Port Angeles and we lived in Redmond and in Bellevue during Northern Exposure filming. Such a beautiful state.
    I know you will miss your brother and his wife being close. I also know you are in for new wonderful adventures. Congratulations on being a Raven Cover finalist!

    • Sally Brandle says:

      The photo sounds delightful. It’s exciting that two of my books finaled in Contemporary, and Lance- aka the cover model- is up for an award! I’m currently sourcing a narrator for Sapphire Promise, so I’ll be contacting Findaway Voices. PM me on FB if you can recommend a narrator with a younger sounding voice who can do mild accents.

  3. viola62 says:

    Wow! Those pictures are amazing! It’s on my bucket list!

    • Sally Brandle says:

      It is worth the time. This drive took about six and a half hours and we didn’t do any of the hikes. The conundrum is to fight the crowds in summer, or go slightly off season when you won’t see as many wildflowers.

  4. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing, Sally 🙂

  5. Sally Brandle says:

    Our national forests need to be cherished and protected. When I hear about logging being optioned in some, it really hits home after seeing the glory of Mt. Rainier National Park. IMHO

  6. Beautiful pics! My husband spent time in the Philippines on business, not his cup of tea but maybe your brother will love it. It gets hotter and more humid than hell, I’ll take the Pacific Northwest for beauty and scenery any day!

  7. Sally Brandle says:

    Brian has lived there half a year for six years or so, so he knows what he’s getting into. We may have to meet halfway, in Tahiti (one of our favorite trips) as he thinks the way they treat animals in the Philippines would bother me. I trust his judgment. Also, I’m a 70s (degree) girl. I’ve been to very southern Costa Rica where my oldest bro lives half the year and the heat/humidity is an issue. They are on the same latitude, which is pretty bizarre! And the Wagyu was delicious.

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