Friday, August 1, 2014

Mount Rainier Revisited - Saturday Snapshots


Ever since we visited Mount Rainier in early summer with our guests from Alabama, I've wanted to return. So my husband and I decided to make the drive this past Thursday. A trip from our home to the park's Nisqually entrance, then taking the loop around the mountain, takes pretty much all day, especially when we stop and sightsee. We'll go back soon and get an earlier start because we didn't have time to see everything we'd intended. Here are a few photos from our recent adventure.

View of the mountain from the back porch of the
National Park Inn at Longmire.
Gigantic trees along the aptly named Trail of the Shadows.
It's about a 20 minute hike around a marsh.
Even though other hikers shared the trail,
it was quiet except for birds chirping in the trees.

I love reflections and was delighted to find this little slice
of Mount Rainier mirrored in a pond. This short path
runs along the shores of Reflections Lakes, just off
Stevens Canyon Road.
One final photo before we headed home.
                                          A map of the roads providing access to Mount Rainier.

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28 comments:

Brona Joy said...

You live so close to such beauty.
Those incredibly old, huge trees were almost beyond belief.
I thought it might be cold being so close to a snow covered mountain, but I noticed your fellow hikers were in short sleeves.

Sharon Taylor Xuereb said...

Such a beautiful place and gorgeous photo's to match. Mt Rainier is sight to behold, will have to visit there some day. Thanks for sharing.

Melinda Ott said...

So lovely! You know, I have NEVER been up to Mt. Ranier? Shameful, I know! I have a feeling we'll get up there sometime soon--we ended up buying a NP pass on our trip and we want to squeeze as much out of it as we can!

Louise said...

What great photos. Walking amongst those huge trees must be amazing- I'd love to check out the birds too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Temps were in the mid-70s (F) - just about perfect. The mountain is covered by glaciers so its slopes are white year round. The park website says:
"At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the most prominent peak in the Cascade Range. It dominates the landscape of a large part of western Washington State. The mountain stands nearly three miles higher than the lowlands to the west and one and one-half miles higher than the adjacent mountains. It is an active volcano that last erupted approximately 150 years ago. The park contains 25 named glaciers across 9 major watersheds, with 382 lakes and 470 rivers and streams and over 3,000 acres of other wetland types."

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I think your whole family would enjoy the visit. There are quite a few shorter hiking trails -- the Trail of the Shadows was only about half a mile long and easily accessible. We have a lifetime "senior" pass, so we can go as often as we want. One of the perks of getting older.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. We had a great time.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I didn't see many birds, but I did hear them. They must have been in the treetops!

grammajudyb said...

I've always wanted to visit Washington state. On my bucket list for sure. Thanks for sharing.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love redwoods...and here in the Central Valley of California, we are suffering from tree deprivation. But fortunately, we are only hours away from massive redwoods in Northern California...and a few smaller ones an hour or so away.

Thanks for sharing! Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Sandra Nachlinger said...

My husband and I have visited the magnificent redwoods in Northern California -- much bigger than the ones in my photos. That's a lovely place.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

With mountains and ocean, there's plenty of beauty here. I'm sure you'll find a lot to enjoy.

Anne Bennett said...

Was the trail's starting point at Longmire? I want to do this hike this week.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Yes, the trail starts across the road from the back porch of the inn at Longmire. In fact, you can almost see it in my first picture above (at the left of the photo there's a split-rail fence). The hike took about 20 minutes even with me stopping to take pictures and was not difficult at all. The Mt. Rainier website lists other hikes along with their length and degree of difficulty. http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/day-hiking-at-mount-rainier.htm I hope you enjoy the hike as much as I did!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Wow! What an amazing place!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Yes, it really is. Even though I've been to Mount Rainier many times, I'm still awed.

Lindsay said...

Love the photos.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you! I loved being there.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

That's gorgeous. I could spend a week there just taking photos!

Christina Cole said...

Incredible photos! I would love to hike that trail and see those giant old trees. What awesome beauty.

Peggy Strack said...

I'll never forget my visit to Mount Rainier National Park a few years ago. Thanks so much for posting these beautiful pictures!

Allison said...

Breathtaking scenery!

For all the trees that we have in Newfoundland, I have never seen ones as huge as in your photos. WOW!

I particularly liked the photo with the reflection. In my watercolor classes, I'm just starting to learn how to paint reflections.

Amanda Ironmonger said...

A friend lives near Mount Rainier and hikes it regularly. I am in awe of the photos...yours too! The scenery is just beautiful.
~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Me, too! I think my hubby and I should plan on renting a cabin nearby and spending a week there.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It is an awesome place.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Congratulations on learning to watercolor. That looks difficult to me! I'm glad you enjoyed my photos.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

You should come stay with your friend and visit the mountain. You'd have a great time.
Thanks for stopping by.

Greg said...

Very nice pictures, love the first one especially but those trees are huge! What a beautiful mountain.