My daughter turned 16 this week so we headed off in the van called Tilly Jane to celebrate. We spent two nights in Mt Rainier National Park at the Ohanapecosh Campground and did lots of hiking and swimming. The Silver Falls Trail starts and ends in the campground and on a hot summer day you can cool down after the hike by jumping in the river. Brace yourself though, it's cold! We also really enjoyed the Naches Peak Loop Trail just up the road from the campground. It connects with the famed Pacific Crest Trail and offers magical views of the park and surrounding area. Plus there was a mountain lake, so more swimming.
Beyond the hikes and great views, the best part about this trip was just spending time with my daughter. A classic teen, she was out the front door with a quick "see ya, gotta go" about 10 minutes after we got home. But she gifted me the video below as a thank you for the trip, so I forgive her for not helping me unload the van. You're welcome Zoe.