Everybody knows that August is the best time to visit Paradise to see the wildflowers in bloom but somehow I always miss it We usually visit early in the season, as soon as the roads are passable; here’s what it looked like in May with nary a flower in sight.
Here’s what it looked like last week from the same spot – all thawed out and green – with nary a Mountain in sight.
Too bad. But it was still a perfect day for a hike – more like a stroll – on the easy, paved, Nisqually Vista Trail.
The wildflowers were abundant and colorful just as I’d hoped
and we were lucky to see a fat marmot feasting in the meadows.
We stopped at the overlooks and heard the rushing waters of the Nisqually River in the valley far below,
proceeding out from Nisqually Glacier.
And though we had great views of the Glacier, the Mountain remained hidden from view.
Fortunately we’d seen her earlier that day while fishing at Mineral Lake. Remember that? (Here if you missed it.)
I can only imagine how fantastic the wildflowers look with the Mountain as the backdrop – I will definitely return to find out. But it had been a long day and it was time to head back – but not without one more stop – a photo op at Upper Christine Falls,
where I played with shutter speed on my camera.
Then it was off to dinner and as we made our way back home Mt. Rainier decided to show her crown after all.
Better late than never.