We drove first to the Sunrise Point overlook for our first view of the mountain, and then came back to the Paradise Visitors Center on the other side of the mountain. Mimi just wanted to climb to the top! We actually had a chance to talk with two women in the parking lot who had done just that the previous day. They explained the equipment needed and pointed out the route they took.
We were exceptionally fortunate to see Mt Rainier clearly. It is usually shrouded in mist. Today was clear and bright in the a.m., then it clouded over and rained briefly - it sort of sprinkled as we were taking a hike up the Skyline trail. Nothing serious. It was a steep climb at first, and Mimi ran (literally) ahead while Ellen and I plodded on. We went by beautiful fields of avalanche lilies - new to me. Then we came to a snow field and I bailed out - too risky for slipping and wrenching a knee. Mimi went on and Ellen followed. They went a fair way further while I sat on a boulder, but felt sorry for me and came back much sooner than Mimi would have preferred! Mimi completed her Junior Ranger work here too. She has three badges now, I think.
We did not get to Fort Lewis. You have to go through quite a rigamarole to get a visitor's pass. I considered going back the next morning but decided against it.
|Mimi & Ellen forge ahead|
|Mount Rainier in its glory|