Two years ago, I was in one of my favorite places in the U.S. — the Pacific Northwest. It feels traitorous of me to say that, given my Southern roots, but my husband, who is from Olympia, Washington, has converted me into an avid lover of that temperate, misty, beautifully green region. I’m especially in favor of it right about now, when I’m pretty done with 100+ degree temperatures across eastern North Carolina.
So today, I want to be in a place where snow remains all year long, no matter how warm of a summer the region gets. And Mount Rainier usually lives up to that. But warm or cold, rain or shine, Rainier boasts a mountain so high, and scenery so breathtaking, it doesn’t really matter what the weather is. Its shifting moods are always majestic.
On this trip, we were hiking in the lower part of Mt. Rainier National Park, after being disappointed by cloud cover at the top. Rainier is a big tease, and loves to hide behind the clouds.
With the peak shrouded for most of our visit, I’d almost given up hope that we’d catch her unveiled.
It was only as we were just about to leave that the sun came streaming down, the sky turned a brilliant blue, and the clouds floated away — revealing the snowy peak in all its glory. Nothing like a complete turnaround from grey and brooding to bright and snowy to restore your faith in beauty and adventure.
It doesn’t matter how many times I get lucky with Rainier, I’ll never get tired of seeing that peak peeking out at me.
Cheers to you, PNW, and your captivating mountains.
11 thoughts on “Wanderlust Wednesday: Mount Rainier National Park”
Love that place, but never got a good view … Thanks for sharing – A wandering memory
I don’t know how I missed this comment. Isn’t it wonderful? You’ll have to go back some time on a clear day — it’s really something to see when it peeks out from the clouds!
No problem, Yes one day – so much to see and do 🙂 My wife would take some convincing to return as she hated Seattle 😦
Ah, sad. 😦 I’m not sure when you went, but it tends to be pretty and sunny in the summer. 🙂
We lived in Vancouver so popped down when family were visiting… I used to be a huge supersonics fan back in the day..
Nice! I know my husband still mourns the loss of the Sonics!
I really do – Gary Patton back in the day was my hero – shame he ended up at the evil Lakers…
Hurry up and move so I can go visit!!! haha jk… well kinda… 😉
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I keep telling Andy I’m ready whenever he is… 🙂
I liked this post. Maybe someday you will be able to see it fm your own backyard.😉Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App
I would like that a lot! 🙂