Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mount Rainier National Park

Our last park was Mount Rainier and we glimpsed the mountain as we drove south.

 We stayed at the Paradise Inn in the shadow of the mountain.

 The views were phenomenal.

 And the hiking was great.

 We were lucky enough to see some wildlife such as this fawn.

And this well camouflaged ptarmigan.

 This is Narada Falls, near Paradise.

We took a hike with a ranger and saw the Nisqually glacier, one of 25 glaciers on the mountain.
The dark hole in the valley is the floor of the glacier where snowmelt is flowing down the mountain.

Mt. Rainier was spectacular!

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