A Beautiful Autumn Afternoon in Orting, Washington.

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A Beautiful Autumn Afternoon in Orting, Washington.

Yesterday was “THE” most beautiful autumn day I can remember for many years. My good friend and coworker Kim Schildt and I had an appointment in Orting yesterday so we drove down from Puyallup together.

Orting, Washington is a small town of about 7,000 people in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. Back in the late 60’s I came here a lot to work with Bonnie Guitar and her daughter Paula Tutmarc-Johnson. Bonnie’s ranch was just a couple of miles outside of town and we made a lot of music there, back in the day.

Mt Rainier from downtown Orting, Washington.

Kim was driving today so my hands are free for taking photos!

Driving into Orting, Washington on Highway 162. Mt Rainier is breath taking on this gorgeous autumn afternoon. October 29, 2013.

Orting has a long history in these parts. The first recorded land claim was by William Whitesell in 1854 and the city incorporated in April of 1889. It’s a little strange for me to see so many homes around here where farms used to be.

The soil in the Orting Valley is super rich and created from lava flows off Mt. Rainier. The major crops are hops, produce, Christmas trees, daffodils, tulips and berries of all kinds.

Mt Rainier from Orting, Washington.

There are still several farms in the valley and the area is still rural. We made a quick stop at Spooner Farms to checkout some of the Harvest Festival Halloween fun.

Pumpkins along the driveway at Spooner Farms.

Orting is about 45 miles south of Seattle and 30 miles northwest as the crow flies from Mt. Rainier. This little town is designated #1 at-risk if ol’ Rainier decided to blow her top. The city has a network of early warning sirens that are set to go off via sensors installed on the mountain.

Pink (haystack) Piggy at Spooner Farms.

It certainly was a beautiful autumn afternoon in Orting. Thanks Kim!

A few previous posts on Mt. Rainier and Orting memories with Bonnie Guitar and Paula Tutmarc-Johnson.

Bonnie Guitar, at 90... She's still got that SWING!    The Wranglers    Goodbye my Friend    Mt. Rainier

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Comments (7)

Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Rene, Yes, Mt Rainier is psectacular right now and always. We see it from Anacortes every day. great pics.

Oct 30, 2013 09:53 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

That's so pretty -- you can tell it's a nice fall day from the colors.  Yes, Mt. Rainer is gorgeous and look at all that snow!!

Oct 30, 2013 01:03 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi René, Some wonderful photos and certainly the Mt Rainier views are awesome.
Oct 30, 2013 01:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rene' LOVE< LOVE< LOVE this post and all the pictures!, Endre

Oct 30, 2013 04:04 PM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Helen & Larry.... Thanks! Hey, I'm going to have to come up to Anacortes on a Sunny day! I haven't been there in a few years. I wrote a while back about the surprising places you can see Mt Rainier. I forgot you can see it from Anacortes, so far north!

Carla... Yes, just the past few weeks you can see a lot more snow!

William... Love it on a day like this when it looks like you could reach out and touch!

Endre... Thanks!

Oct 31, 2013 03:51 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There's some really neat scenes among those photos, Rene!  While I enjoyed your landscape shots, that last one of the pig, definitely made me smile outloud:-)

Oct 31, 2013 07:05 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Hi Myrl... Indeed, the Pink Piggy cracked me up!

Nov 01, 2013 03:32 AM