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Alta Crystal Resort and Mt. Rainier 2011

Juliah and I managed to get away for a couple days this fall. We seem to always wait until the weather is not so great but even though it was cold it was still bright and sunny. We stayed at the Alta Crystal Resort in the Honeymoon cabin. It was really a nice place and what sealed the deal for us was the hot tub and pool which are open year-round. We used the hot tub both nights and it is a wonderful feeling to sit outside in a warm hot tub when it is 30 or 40 degrees outside. Back at the cabin was a nice and warm gas fireplace and a cozy bed. Our main hike was on the Naches Peak Loop which partly runs on the Pacific Crest Trail. It does have a spectacular view although we found the signs lacking and were unsure we were in the right place for a while until we came around the corner and saw the mountain. Another spot we visited was the Grove of The Patriarchs which has some very old trees. It’s a very calm and interesting place.

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