Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier, as taken from Longmire historic district.

Mt. Rainier on an October day.

A couple weeks ago I had a fun time hosting my dad, who was visiting from out of town. Seattle–fully meeting expectations–maintained a heavy, all-encompassing gray for much of the weekend.

Luckily, we were rewarded with sunlight and clear skies when we hit Mt. Rainier, which had just re-opened after the government shutdown. The route from Seattle wasn’t the easiest to navigate, but worth it as soon as the clouds lifted and we spotted the volcano. I definitely look forward to going back again soon. 🙂

Clouds parting on WA Highway 7.

Clouds parting on WA Highway 7.

Alder Lake - on Hwy 7 near Mt. Rainier

Alder Lake – on Hwy 7 near Mt. Rainier.

Mt. Rainier - forest near Longmire historic district

Cliffs, forest, and sky near Mt. Rainier’s Longmire historic district.

Mt. Rainier forest, Trail of the Shadows

Forest along Mt. Rainier’s Trail of the Shadows.

Mt. Rainier mineral spring, Trail of the Shadows

Mt. Rainier’s Trail of the Shadows includes enchanting mineral springs!

Mt. Rainier's Trail of the Shadows

Trail of the Shadows, canopy and all.

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