Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mt. Rainier

Philippe took a day off to join us for a road-trip to Mount Rainier.  Two hours south and slightly east of Seattle, the 14,410 foot tall volcano is still snow-covered and visible from Seattle on a clear day.  Set aside as a National Park, the mountain is largely pristine wilderness, with hiking trails, rock-climbing and in winter, skiing facilities.  The park had only opened at the beginning of May and parts were still closed due to avalanche risk.  We drove up as far as the aptly named Paradise Lodge and Visitor Center, stopping at the frequent look-out points along the way.

 Rocky river bed

Rainier from river bed

Parking lot at Paradise Lodge

There's still some snow around the parking lot.

Hardy hikers starting out.

Glaciers on the mountaintop.

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