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Title: Various Mt Rainier signage
Post by: xonhulu on August 19, 2011, 12:26:32 PM
Went up to Mt Rainier NP a couple of days ago.  Besides managing to dodge a lot of road construction in the vicinity (being thankful I wasn't going over White Pass on US 12, as it's undergoing major reconstruction), I snapped a few road-related pics.

First, I finally saw the US 123 sign goofs reported on here, at the access road to Ohanapecosh campground:

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/Sign%20Goofs/WA123OhanapecoshSignGoof2-1.jpg?t=1313770422)

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/Sign%20Goofs/WA123OhanapecoshSignGoof1-1.jpg?t=1313770632)

Further north, there is another just south of the junction with WA 410:

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/Sign%20Goofs/WA123CayusePassSignGoof1-1.jpg?t=1313770725)

However, heading north on WA 123 just before this junction, you'll also encounter this sign goof:

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/Sign%20Goofs/WA410CayusePassSignGoof2-1.jpg?t=1313770827)

US 410 lives again!

Finally, I encountered two signs on WA 706 west of the park with this odd combination of information:

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/Sign%20Goofs/WA706Elbe2-1.jpg?t=1313770922)

I mean, I see why the narrow shoulders make this an issue, but it seems you should be wary of these hazards regardless.  And by the way, the shoulders really weren't that narrow; Washington seems to have higher standards for shoulder width than my state of Oregon does.

Still a lot of snow at Mt Rainier, which made for some interesting hiking.  But all in all, a great little day trip.
Title: Re: Various Mt Rainier signage
Post by: nexus73 on August 19, 2011, 12:45:33 PM
Chris, the first two pix make me think what an Interstate in Munchkinland would look like...LOL!  I have not seen such a narrow divided road since I was in Riverside, which had a spectacular setup on Victoria Avenue.  Do you have any idea what the story behind this road's layout is?

Rick
Title: Re: Various Mt Rainier signage
Post by: xonhulu on August 19, 2011, 03:48:20 PM
Chris, the first two pix make me think what an Interstate in Munchkinland would look like...LOL!  I have not seen such a narrow divided road since I was in Riverside, which had a spectacular setup on Victoria Avenue.  Do you have any idea what the story behind this road's layout is?

All the sign goofs are on park roadways, so there's probably been some effort at landscaping for that classy "park look."  The first two 123's are on either side of a left-turn refuge lane for the Ohanapecosh area, so the medians are there for that.

They also have cool gateway arches at all park entrances.  The neatest one, at Chinook Pass on WA 410, which you can actually walk across on the PCT, is being rebuilt, but here's the one south of Ohanapecosh:

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/106MtRainierNP.jpg)

And I guess I should post a pic or two or three of the mountain itself:

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/107MtRainieroverTipsooLake.jpg)

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/148ParadiseAreaMtRainierNP.jpg)

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/160NisquallyVistaTrail.jpg)
Title: Re: Various Mt Rainier signage
Post by: Ian on August 19, 2011, 04:29:11 PM
LOVE those mountain photos! Looks like you had a fun time!
Title: Re: Various Mt Rainier signage
Post by: corco on August 19, 2011, 07:16:20 PM
Heh, those are from just the last couple years- circa May 2008 this was what it looked like:

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/Sign%20Goofs/WA123CayusePassSignGoof1-1.jpg?t=1313770725) was
(http://www.davidjcorcoran.com/highways/123/410to12/1.JPG)

and
(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/Sign%20Goofs/WA123OhanapecoshSignGoof1-1.jpg?t=1313770632)
was
(http://www.davidjcorcoran.com/highways/123/410to12/3.JPG)

Is this somewhat unnecessary TO 706 trailblazer still there?
(http://www.davidjcorcoran.com/highways/123/410to12/2.JPG)
Title: Re: Various Mt Rainier signage
Post by: xonhulu on August 19, 2011, 09:17:55 PM
Is this somewhat unnecessary TO 706 trailblazer still there?
(http://www.davidjcorcoran.com/highways/123/410to12/2.JPG)

Yes, still there.  I was actually harboring the faint hope I'd see a US 706 sign goof, but I figured it'd be unlikely since WA 706 doesn't enter the park.
Title: Re: Various Mt Rainier signage
Post by: drummer_evans_aki on August 20, 2011, 01:17:52 PM
Love the sign goofs and I love hanging out at Mount Rainier.