Mt Rainier on a Sunny Labor Day!
On Labor Day, my wife and I took some time to go up and hike around on Mt Rainier.
The mountain was glorious, with just a few clouds around in the afternoon. The wildflowers were out in abundance at Paradise. I was surprised to see so many animals (more on that in another blog). Though we took it easy - we covered something aroudn three miles on the trails, and had an enjoyable day with many other people who got to enjoy the sunny weather on the mountain as well.
I was able to get a couple of shots of various plants growing in special places as well. One thing that some don't realize is that this area is covered by tens of feet of snow every winter. The picture of the snow report shows a minimum (dry) winter having about 300", while a normal winter (like our last one) will have about 700", but on a really wet winter there will be over 1100" (that's right, about 100 feet) of snow on the ground here.