Mt Rainier

Paradise Remembered

August 9, 2009

We spent a wonderful day in Paradise on Mt. Rainier in 2005. Here are a few of our memories.

Mt. Rainier Panorama

Mt. Rainier Panorama 31-Aug-2005

Paradise Lost

August 8, 2009

As we left our hotel at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, the fog was right down to the ground and, as we drove around “The Mountain” from the Sunrise Visitor Center on the northeast side to the Paradise Visitor Center on the southwest side, we tried to remember from previous visits the sights we were missing.

Our view of the Mountain from a scenic overlook near Paradise.

Our view of the Mountain from a scenic overlook near Paradise.

The last time we were here, conditions were better along that road and Paradise at Mt. Rainier seemed much more like the real Paradise that we are hoping for.

Mt. Rainer as seen from a trail near Paradise (31-Aug-2005)

Mt. Rainer as seen from a trail near Paradise (31-Aug-2005)

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Mt. Rainier – Day 2

August 7, 2009

Today we hiked the most beautiful trail we have ever seen. 3.5 miles of beautiful mountain views combined with a continuous show of wildflowers. The wildflowers we identified were Broadleaf Lupine – blue, Pasqueflower Seedhead – white, Magenta Paintbrush and Rosy Spirea – red, Arrowleaf Groundsel and Smooth Mtn Dandelion – yellow. “This trail is […]

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Mt. Rainier – Day 1

August 6, 2009

Locals simply call it “The Mountain”. It’s a 14,000 foot active volcano that provides a dramatic backdrop for the sea level city of Seattle that is only 40 miles away. Fortunately, there hasn’t been an eruption in the last thousand years but they say that the two craters at the top are hot with escaping […]

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