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Silver Star Mountain
Over the years we have placed a portion of my father’s, mother’s and niece’s ashes on Silver Star Mountain’s 4,390-foot summit, a peak easily visible from much of the Portland and Vancouver area.
The views are open and far-reaching on a clear day, including the snow-covered summits of the high Cascade volcanoes. Deer are often nearby, as are black bears when the huckleberries ripen in the autumn. Less than one mile away are Indian pits used for religious ceremonies in the long past.
I imagine at times the spirits of the Indians, my parents and niece sitting around an open campfire telling stories. One of these days, I will join them.
Every year I make the pilgrimage to their resting place. This year I was treated to 40-degree temperatures, low-lying clouds, rain off-and-on, and a cold breeze. Great conditions for taking wildflower photos, but not so good for views.
I was the first one at the trailhead and the first one to the top. It was so cold on the summit that I only lasted a few minutes. Still, it gave me time to honor my parents and niece. It’s always a spiritual time, and a special one for me.
Mt. Rainier from the summit of Silver Star Mtn (from a hike three years ago)