Friday, July 13, 2018

Crystal Mountain Gondola, #MountRainier Natl Park, Washington - #SaturdaySnapshot

Another fun day in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! This excursion took us to Crystal Mountain Resort, near the northeast entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. We couldn't have picked a more perfect day to visit. 
(Click on photos to enlarge.)
We rode the gondola to the Summit Restaurant and
as we crested the hill, a glorious view of "The Mountain"
dominated the horizon. 
So magnificent that I couldn't 
resist taking a bunch of photos. 

The river looks white because it carries glacial melt.

Because the sky had few clouds and no haze, we were able to see all the major peaks (including, of course, the biggie -- Mount Rainier): Mount Adams, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount St. Helens (what's left of it!) 

That's snow-covered Mount Adams on the horizon.
It kinda looks like another cloud!
No matter which way we looked, we faced an awe-inspiring view.
Even the gondola mechanism didn't spoil this view.

Facts and Figures: Mt Rainier=14,410 feet

Perfect day.

Perfect views.
Good food.
Delightful company.
Who could ask for more?

Links to Resources: 
Crystal Mountain Resort / Gondola
Mount Rainier National Park

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Melinda Ott said...

Wow! You really did pick the perfect day to go! I really want to visit this kids would LOVE the gondola!

Poem fanatic said...

Wow that white river looks gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen a glacier melt in a water body.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Such glorious scenes! You live in a wonderland of beauty. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

Colleen Reece said...

You did it again . . . took me to a place where I won't be going but love. Thanks, Sandy.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Melinda: We were really lucky with the weather. Often, Mount Rainier is shrouded in clouds, even when there's sunny weather everywhere else.
Poem fanatic: There are 25 glaciers on Mount Rainier. Their runoff makes the surrounding rivers look cloudy.
Laurel-Rain: Although I grew up in Texas and have a love for my home state, the Pacific Northwest is the place for me.
Colleen: You could go to Crystal Mountain without any problems. Two of the people on our excursion were using walkers, and with your daily walks, you're much more active than they were. If you have an opportunity to visit Crystal, don't pass it up.

judy said...

You hit the area with perfect timing. Gorgeous! And you're such a talented photographer.

Ginx Craft said...

What a perfect day. Those views are magnificent.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

That is an amazing sky. And look at those mountains. Envious!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Stunning photos. I have some great photos from around there as well.
We had a sky full of clouds like that this week, so amazing I also took a photo of them and posted it this week.

Lynne Spreen said...

All I can say is, "Wow!!!" Thanks for sharing.

csuhpat1 said...

So very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

carol said...

So gorgeous!! What a beautiful day.

Grace Marshall said...

Love your pictures! Must have been a great trip.