Mount Rainier 22 years later

Marmot near the Paradise Visitors Center

There are many beautiful photographs of Mt. Rainier.  On our early May 1999 trip, however, snowy Mt. Rainier was invisible in the white clouds.

I never had a “bucket list” because I am greedy and want to see and do everything. The list would be too long.  But I suppose Rainier could have been on such a list for this 2021 trip.

We visited on two days.  The first was beautiful, and the mountain view was clear. We enjoyed ourselves even though the park was crowded. Admission was free on the anniversary of the National Park Service.  We could not believe the miles of cars parked beside the road or the line of people waiting to get into the Paradise Visitors Center.  We could not imagine what inside was attracting people when they could have just enjoyed the breath-taking natural beauty all around.  Most probably never saw the marmot we observed as we passed their cars.

Alie stayed back at our hotel to rest on the second day while Michelle and I went into the park again and took a lovely easy hike above the Sunrise Visitors Center.  Mt. Rainier on that day, however, soon became hidden in a cloud.

Click on photos to enlarge and to read the captions.

Dates of our visit: 25, 26 Aug 21


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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9 Responses to Mount Rainier 22 years later

  1. That would be a great place to hike..

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  2. By coincidence, I hiked on the Summerland Trail on Rainier this past Tuesday. We picked a good weather day and yet there were very few people this late in the hiking season. They really maintain the trails in the Park.

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  3. Dido Green says:

    Enticing photos Ray. If Mt Rainer is not on Adam’s Bucket list, it is now on mine. Thanks for the inspiration of travel!

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  4. Garfield Hug says:

    So beautiful. Thanks for the share Geoff!

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  5. This is definitely on my list!! thanks for sharing!

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  6. Pit says:

    What wonderful views! 🙂

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  7. It is indeed a beautiful mountain, Ray, whether you are looking it up close and personal like you did or from afar. –Curt

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  8. JohnRH says:

    Beautiful, Ray!

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