Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mount Rainier National Park

By Chuck

One of the joys of our US road trips has been to visit a number of our National Parks. This Northwest trip afforded us the opportunity to visit Mount Ranier NP.

 Looking back at the road to Mount Ranier National Park from our porch.

Our Little Cabin

If Claire is not hiking or walking, she's usually reading

One of many falls in Mount Rainier NP

Another corner, another falls

Mount Rainier is the tallest peak in the contiguous 48 States. It has 26 glaciers; some may advance or melt as much as 3 feet in a single day!

Creek with Rapids

Another Falls

Mount Rainier behind the NP Lodge

Claire relaxing in an original chair inside the NP Lodge

Another view as we circle the moutain

Lichen on bedrock that has been scraped smooth by glaciers

"...the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings."  John Muir, 1889