Thursday, August 16, 2012

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 52

Narada Falls, Rainier National Park

The Lees entertained not just with indoor evening dinner and card playing parties but also family picnics that included the other extended families—Landaas, Hillevang, Oliver, Lorig, and good friends.  Favorite Saturday and Sunday drives were to places like Snoqualmie Falls and Rainier National Park and often included extended family members in one or more cars with a promise of a picnic at journey’s end. 

At the lower left the above shown photo postcard is identified as Narada Falls in Rainier National Park.  Printed in the lower right corner is Copyright 1907 by L. G. Linkletter.  The back of the card is divided for the address and a message dating it as printed after December 1907 when divided backs were first legal in the United States.  No publisher information is printed on either the front or back of the card. 

The falls are located near Paradise, there is a public parking area nearby but to get up close it is necessary to follow a short walking trail to the viewpoint.  Today the trail is paved but it is still too steep for wheelchairs.  Prior to 1893 the falls were known as Cushman Falls then renamed by Frederick G. Plummer as Narada Falls.  Narada is a Hindu word meaning uncontaminated or pure.  Sometimes the falls are mistakenly called Nevada.  The falls are 176 feet in height and have two drops with an average width of 50 feet but at peak water flow can reach 75 feet.  A spectacular view but subject to more or less a constant water spray according to reports so visitors will get wet.  Because of the spray when the sun is shining rainbows are also common sights. In the winter the upper falls freeze and become 150 feet of icicles that attract ice climbers.

I.C. Lee liked to have a new car every couple of years, shiny black with white walled tires.  Everybody dressed up for these country drives.  The women wore lovely dresses, often white or light colored, hats, gloves, veils, the men were in suits with vests and ties, hats were either caps or bowlers (also called derbies).  My mother used to tell us about one of these trips to Rainier Park.  It would have been in the early to mid 1920s.  The trip up to Rainier was a fairly long drive and the car would be packed with people.  Her Dad was all dressed up and had a brand new bowler hat that he was quite pleased with and was driving a new car.  Mom had a tendency to get car sick and when Lee looked back at her and saw that she was getting green and moaning a little he gallantly sacrificed his brand new hat to save the interior of the brand new car!  Even though all the adults were sympathetic, most kind and understanding she, as the only child in the car, was mortified, embarrassed and felt so bad about spoiling her Dad’s new hat.  She never forgot it.  

Petra & I.C. Lee

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