Mount Rainier, Washington
Mount Rainier is an absolutely beautiful place. We stopped at each pull out and were more in awe each time we stopped. We were very lucky to have such a clear day, viewing the top of the peaks with a deep blue sky as their background. Fields and fields of Lupine were already past, but the summers must be exquisite here. We stopped at a tiny lake, Tipsoo Lake, and Jason and I watched several Dippers diving for pollywogs, standing on rocks in the sun and splashing in the water that reflected the fall colors from the shoreline. We then continued our drive along Sunrise Ridge stopping as often as possible viewing the sights and stopped to have a picnic lunch at 6400 feet with Clark's Nuthatches and Steller Jays. We continued back down the mountain stopping to take short hikes and photo opportunities. Reflection Lake was stunning and the falls in many locations were breath-taking. We had a delicious dinner at the National Park Inn in Longmire in the park compliments of Barry Trice from Guest Services. This is one of his hotels he oversees and invited us to have dinner there. It was a three hour drive back to our campground along very dark roads and often massive logging trucks would pass us going the other way. But the full moon reflected light on the river along the way creating a lovely end to a wonderful day.
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