This was our first attempt at visiting Mount Rainier and the day was stormy and the cloudy sky made it impossible to view the mountain. After some discussion on where to go first, we decided to visit Mowich Lake but didn’t realize it was going to be an 18 mile adventure on a very rutted, dirt road to get there. It was a long and dusty drive but it was well worth it when we arrived. Callie, Michael and I went out for a short hike but had to turn around because of signs posted which read–NO PETS ALLOWED ON TRAIL. I can understand keeping the area wild and free of dogs, but a cat in a pack? We almost ventured out anyway but decided against it. There is a partial trail right off the road and we were able to explore a section of the lake but had to turn around due to overgrowth. Callie was eager to explore more but we didn’t want to cause any trouble. Having decided that we had seen all that we could see, we headed back the way we had come to check out more of the sites of the national park. On the way back to the main road we were notified of tire pressure failure and had to spend the rest of the day locating someone who could fix a flat tire. We must have hit a sharp rock but it was a slow enough leak that we were able to rush over to Les Scwab in Enumclaw and they fixed the tire for free. A difficult situation turned pleasant by the way we were treated at Les Swab. We were very grateful and appreciative of the wonderful service they provided and I would highly recommend them for any of your tire needs. By the time we were finished repairing the leak, we had to call it a day for Mount Rainier. It was getting too late to appreciate the park and all it had to offer. After an hour or so drive, we checked into a motel in Tacoma, Washington. When I reached back to pick up Callie, I noticed that she was curled up in a tight ball on the seat of the car, sound asleep…All the excitement was just too much for her! There is nothing quite as sweet as an exhausted cat… On reflection, this was a day of give and take, one step forward and one step back. In spite of all the detours we experienced, I felt that it was a wonderful day and the beauty of the lake and the drive through the endless forest far surpassed the inconvienence and hassle of a flat tire and trails not allowed to travel because of a pet.