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Jun 21, 2017 - Mt. Rainier National Park

The morning started off very overcast and we didn't hold out much hope for our trip to Mt. Rainier National Park. Fortunately, the cloud cover lifted and we had beautiful sunny but cold weather. Nice park with a number of waterfalls and, of course, the mountain.

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Northwest Road Trip

Jul 30, 2012 - Mt Rainier, WA

Another GREAT day mountain CLIMBING!!!! Well we did in a GMC truck!! We had seen so many other mountains that we thought about skipping this one because we had to drive so far to visit. But we thought we might miss something. And boy we would have missed an awesome day!! It was so pretty that we kept driving, by the time we got home we had drove 300 miles. This is a must see if you are in this area. Mount Rainier is Washington's highest mountain, at 14,409 feet, It is the highest peak in the Cascade Range, a long range of volcanic mountains...

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Aug 13, 2010 - Mount Rainier

We traveled to Silver Creek next. On our way we saw Mt. Rainier in the distance. At first you think you are seeing clouds and then you realize it is the mountain. We were about 100 miles away when we first saw it. The RV park was on Harmony Lake and was quite peaceful. We are in this area to visit Mt. Rainier National Park and Mt. St. Helen’s National Historic Site. There are two entrances to Mt. Rainier Ntl. Park. We entered on the Nisqually Entrance the first day. As you drive through the park the road winds through giant Douglas firs and...

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North to Alaska-2010

Jul 9, 2010 - Mount Rainier

Our travels yesterday ended at a neat RV park in Mossy Rock ,Washington… We chose this spot because it was 200 miles from my Brothers house and driving across the Cascade Mountain Range, this is about as far as we wanted to travel on one day… It turned out to be a great decision… We arrived at Harmony Park at about 4:00 in the afternoon… That is a real long day for us because we left at 9:30 in the morning… We had a beautiful drive until just outside of Yakima when we turned off the Interstate and went west on Hwy 12.… Construction held us...

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Billandhelen/2010

Aug 7, 2008 - Mount St Helen

Again the weather is impairing our view, but seeing the movies and listening to the Rangers talk about this volcano makes you appreciate the power of mother nature. Mt St Helen has erupted thousands of times, most of them minor eruptions that just help build the mountain. Then every few hundred or thousand years it will really blow its top, literally. Seeing the immense area where it mowed down everything in its path for 20 miles was astonishing. This volcano has been doing this for several million years. Even with the hazy day we saw a...

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Jul 2, 2008 - Mt Rainier, WA

Just when we thought we had seen all the beautiful mountains on this trip we go to Mt. Rainier. This mountain and the park are absolutely beautiful. We got to the 6,400 foot level-the mountain is 14,404 feet so we were not half way up. The scenery is by far the best we have seen (Carole thinks the Tetons are tied) and the park is gorgeous with lots of waterfalls. We also saw lots of avalanche shute damage and in one spot the road was one lane for about a mile so we had a 20 minute delay getting through. Enjoy the pisctures!!!! We also went...

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Oct 19, 2006 - Packwood, WA

Tuesday - Pretty drive today from Port Angeles to Packwood. LOTS of trees! Wednesday - Not a great day, lots of clouds, not the best day to visit Mt. St. Helens. Well, we decided to try anyway. Off to Randle, then south on NF 25 to NF99 which goes up to Spirit Lake. It was very cloudy, foggy at times then it would clear up somewhat and the beauty of the forest was incredible. Then all of a sudden we rounded a curve and there was such a difference in the forest area. The devastation of the eruption in 1980 had been total. Now there are a...

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Sep 16, 2006 - Mt Rainier Natl Park

Hurray, the trip is heading back into the national forest and the mountains! Today's plan is to drive around Mt. Rainier and visit two of the visitor areas half way up on two different sides of the mountain. The day is over cast which is never good for pictures, but the forecast is for clearing in the afternoon. For you NASCAR race fans, the trip went through the town of Enumclaw which is the home of race car driver Kasey Kahne(my driver of course). There weren't any banners or anything showing support for him, which was kind of surprising....

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Sep 16, 2006 - Mt Rainier Natl Park

Hurray, the trip is heading back into the national forest and the mountains! Today's plan is to drive around Mt. Rainier and visit two of the visitor areas half way up on two different sides of the mountain. The day is over cast which is never good for pictures, but the forecast is for clearing in the afternoon. For you NASCAR race fans, the trip went through the town of Enumclaw which is the home of race car driver Kasey Kahne. There weren't any banners or anything showing support for him, which was kind of surprising. Then the road wound...

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Aug 22, 2006 - Randle WA

Well this week started with a bang...a whimper really...when I severely twisted my right ankle. Now I would like to tell you some great story about climbing a mountain or fighting off a bear, but the truth is I tripped in the driveway unloading a box from the RV. Initially it was swollen as big as a grapefruit, then changed to every color under the rainbow. Ten days later all is well. We spent the last ten days in Randle, WA, sort of centrally located between Mt Ranier and Mt St Helens. We met a lot of nice folks at the park, including many...

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Aug 11, 2006 - Mount Rainier National Park Visit

Hi Everyone, We continued on from Beaverton through Portland, Oregon, and crossed the Columbia River into Washington. We were now on I-5 heading north until we reached US-12 at exit 64. We then headed east until we reached Randle, Washington and the RPI Park we had reservations at. When we checked in and paid our fee we were assigned to a campsite. After driving around for a while we finally located the site in the woods and it had only water and electric but no sewer hookup. We drove back to the office and told them we wanted full hookups...

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Jul 16, 2006 - Mt Rainier, WA

The more that I travel around the U.S, the more I am awe-struck by the beauty of our country. Mount Rainier was just another one of the amazing places that I have had the chance to experience. The mountain seems to tower over Seattle, but it is actually almost 100 miles away. I arrived early and hiked about 9 miles around the park. This was a great time to visit the park as the snow is just melting and wildflowers are beginning to bloom in the meadows. The weather was perfect and the views were just amazing. When I made it up to a...

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