For five years, we’ve put off the #1 visit on my bucket list, Mount Rainier National Park. It’s the kind of thing I thought would always be available, barring the catastrophic explosion of a stratovolcano.
My family and I live about a two-and-a-half hour drive from the park entrance, but when seeing is clear, the mountain is visible outside of the valleys of my neighborhood. When we drove from the east across Washington on the move here, the glacier-capped peak was visible from the middle of the state. at first, I wondered if it was a cloud, but in an otherwise cloudless sky, and growing larger as we drove, the identity seemed clear.
Anyway, yesterday was finally the day when family work and church schedules aligned and we three were off to the mountain. Around Tacoma and Olympia, the mountain is even more prominent. But nothing is quite like the close views from inside the park. If the altitude wasn’t breathtaking, the view would be.
I was playing around with the zoom function on my camera phone. After the young miss instructed me, I got the above image from Kautz Creek, about five miles inside the southwest entrance to the park. It looks like a paint-by-number. Maybe I pushed some effects button on my phone. The other images turned out better.