Friday, August 8, 2014

More Mount Rainier, WA - Saturday Snapshots

Back to The Mountain! Last week my husband I spent a day at the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park. But there was so much more we wanted to see. So, this past Thursday we decided to go there again and visit the Sunrise area this time. That section of the park is much closer to our home, and for one reason or another, we hadn't been there in years. I'm so glad we went. (Click on photos to enlarge.) 
Welcome to Mount Rainier

As is often the case, Mt. Rainier's peak remained shrouded in
clouds all day. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom. (A future blog post?)
Hiking trails abound within the park's boundaries, some more
challenging than others. I took a rather easy trail that led from the 

visitor's center to this dramatic overlook. That drop-off is steeper 
than it seems! That little white squiggle in the upper right-hand corner
of the photo is part of the Sourdough Ridge Trail.

People enjoying the overlook shown in the previous photo.

Me, catching my breath.

We stopped at this scenic overlook on the way down from Sunrise.
Still can't see Mt. Rainier's top!

Same overlook as in the previous photo but we're looking a different
direction. That's the White River running across the middle of the
picture, and a road running diagonally up the mountain across
the way. (We're guessing it's Highway 410 to Paradise.)

We stopped at the White River Campground on the way back
down from Sunrise. Still can't see Mt. Rainier's top.
I took 62 pictures in all during our day on The Mountain! If you're curious about Mount Rainier and would like to see webcams of the area, click HERE.

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22 comments:

  1. What a beautiful area. Mount Rainier is certainly a majestic mountain.

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    1. Mt. Rainier is one of my favorite places. Even though my husband and I have been there twice recently, we've only scratched the surface of this beautiful national park.

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  2. I loved all of your photos. It reminds me a little bit of the Southern Alps in New Zealand with all of the snow on the mountains and a little bit of the Rocky Mountain National Park. I really do need to make a road trip to that part of the U.S some day.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

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    1. This part of Washington reminds me of Ricky Mountain National Park too. I love mountains!

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  3. Beautiful place! I've heard of Mount Rainier and must visit this park one day. The scenery and weather look a bit like what we have here in Alberta.

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    1. My family skied in Alberta many years ago, and visited Banff and Lake Louise. Beautiful countryside. Now Mount Rainier is one of my favorite places.

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  4. Totally awesome! Now you make we want to visit Mt. Rainier! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I think you'd enjoy the visit. Thanks for stopping by today and leaving a comment.

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  5. So beautiful! We haven't gotten to do much hiking this summer, so I loved coming along with you!

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  6. I have not been to Mt Rainier National Park. But your pictures have me wishing I could see it. Rocky Mountain National Park is awesome too. We are fortunate to live in such beautiful surroundings.

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    1. We sure are! I hope to see more and more of the western United States (and the rest of the world, if possible) in the coming years.

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  7. You have taken beautiful photos. The more I look the more I want to visit there, such a gorgeous place. Thanks for sharing.
    Sharon @ Sharon's Book Nook!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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  8. Oh so beautiful! We're going to try to get up there next year!

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    1. If you plan to stay on the mountain, you'll need to make your reservations way in advance. But there are lots of places to stay just outside the park too. I know you and your family will have a great time.

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  9. It's so beautiful! I grew up on the Eastern side of Washington.

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    1. We've been to Yakima and Walla Walla and enjoyed our visits. The eastern part of the state is so different from west of the Cascades. Although I was born and raised in Texas, I do love living in Washington.

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  10. As with the last set of pictures these are really beautiful and makes me want to visit the area someday

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  11. I love seeing Rainier every day as I crest the hill in Bonney Lake. It seems to be sitting right in the middle of the road. You have some beautiful shots.

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  12. Oh, now you have me homesick. :-( My home province of Newfoundland has mountains. By the way, absolutely gorgeous photos!

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