Thursday, October 1, 2015
Color On Mt Rainier
On the 24th I headed a little farther north to Mt Rainer National Park.
Mt Rainier is the tallest peak in Washington state @ 14,410 ft. also in the cascade range and the last eruption was in 1894! Yes it is another big volcano with receding glaciers., Carbon Glacier is 700 ft thick and the lowest elevation in the lower 48 at only 3,500 ft!
Mt Rainier is considered to be a deadly threat!! It is active but currently resting...lets hope it stays that way...Seeing the Big Siren by the ranger station didnt make me feel any safer!! The Nisqually river cuts a path filled with freezing glacier melt...
Higher up and closer to the mountain the color was breath taking! Photos can't do it justice you have to go see with you own eyes..but here are some of my attempts to being back the glory...
This burgundy red is from myrtle bushes...and I dont know the gold brush maybe its willow?
Saw some awesome waterfalls too! This is Narada Falls..
With the beautiful rainbow..and this one is closer to the mountain..
And some of the critters were more Golden Crowned Sparrows,
Saw lots of other birds but no good photos...saw some black tailed deer..
course she didnt want me to show the world her face so she hid it..
The VC is very nice with awesome views of the mountain...they did not have a penny pincher machine tho---
It was getting late so I headed back to Cougar Campground for the night planning to finish my drive on up to Reflection Lake the next day...
Wouldnt you know got up to rain and thick fog so decided to head on certainly didnt want to drive Stephens Canyon Rd in the rain and fog...Back to I-5 and points North!
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.