My Pioneering Grandparents Explored and Documented the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s
Meet my grandmother, Mary Pearson, who was often photographed by my grandfather and newlywed husband, Eric Holger Pearson. Here, Mary is pictured in 1932 at the base of Nisqually-Paradise Road, Mt. Rainier, Washington State’s highest volcano. I am lucky to have hundreds of photos from my grandfather’s collection, many of which capture my grandparents adventures in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Climbing, picnicking and celebrating the outdoors were not just weekend getaways…they were a way of life.
My grandparents spent a lifetime shaping conservation efforts in Seattle’s Puget Sound. They worked closely with friend and neighbor Emily Haig (former president of Seattle Audubon Society), and they helped establish the Washington Park Arboretum in the Montlake residential district in Seattle. As if that wasn’t enough, they also were active members of the Seattle Mountaineers, the Nature Conservancy (Washington Chapter), Seattle Girl Scouts and Washington Arboretum Foundation. Their collection of photos share snippets of the joy Mary and E.H. Pearson experienced as they explored Western Washington’s backcountry in the early 1930s.
You can check out more of my grandparents’ adventures at http://vintage-alpine.com. There, you can explore the entire E.H.Pearson Collection of images. ~shared by @vintage_alpine, aka Garric Simonsen, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Pearson.