I was chased by clouds up Park Butte this morning.
I left Seattle around 6 AM, encountering heavy fog as I drove north. It was still fairly cloudy when I arrived at the trailhead in Schriebers Meadow a few hours later. Against the white sky, the tall evergreens looked as though they were part of some unfinished canvas; there was great detail in the foreground, but the background was left to one's imagining. As I climbed to about 4000 feet, sunbeams began to break through both the clouds and trees above. Slowly appearing to the north were several peaks another 5000 to 6000 feet high. The background was being painted before me in a way I could not have imagined. I continued walking through elevated valleys, past small pools, and up two more hills, passing in and out of transparent clouds along the way. My destination was an historic fire lookout with unobstructed views of Mt. Baker to the north, the Twin Sisters to the southwest, and the North Cascades to the east. I reached this peak just before 11 AM and took in this beautiful, new world above the rising clouds.
I've included four pictures from my hike below; I added the rest to Flickr.