Every trip to Mt Rainier promises something special and so it was on Monday as we headed south to Paradise.
We arrived at the Nisqually Entrance to the Park, the only one open to vehicles year-round. We had lunch at Longmire where visitors had stayed for the holidays, something we would think about for the future.
We continued up the road to Paradise stopping at scenic overlooks for as long as we dared without chains. (Yes we carried them as required but no we didn’t want to mess with putting them on.)
As the snowy road conditions worsened and having gotten our fill of the mountain, we headed back before sunset. The best was yet to come.
After we left the park, traffic slowed to a crawl and cars were parked on both sides of the road. It reminded me of a buffalo jam at Yellowstone. A bear or moose perhaps? But no.
The moonrise over the mountain was the reason why and we stopped to admire the scene with the rest of them.
It was tremendous. And though I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it justice I would nevertheless try.
So we didn’t make it to the Visitors Center at Paradise, but it was a day in paradise just the same.