Not far from the Longmire entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park you’ll pass the Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park. Don’t. Be sure and stop to wander the grounds among the whimsical sculptures, the creation of Dan Klennert. He shares his wonderful creations with everyone for free, though donations are welcomed.
We stopped by earlier this spring on our way home from Mt. Rainier where we’d gone fishing at Mineral Lake.
Afterwards we headed to Paradise, the highest visitor center in the National Park, stopping by to enjoy the waterfalls that line the road.
We made it all the way to the top and got a close-up view of the mountain.
This is one of our favorite day trips and I think you can understand why. We caught this lovely moonrise on our trip last December! It actually caused a bit of a traffic jam as everyone stopped to witness the scene.
I consider myself lucky to live in Washington State. Wouldn’t you? 🙂
We visited Mt. Rainier last week but it was a brief visit and we didn’t have time to go the sculpture park. We did love the park though!
Wonderful! Glad you got to visit!
Rainier is fantastic, I have lots of pictures to post.
Yes indeed! Can’t wait to see them!
Wow! I love those sculptures! Especially the horse! Thank you for sharing!
You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed it!
Your posts are always a treat! 😺
Terrific photos of nature and art!
Thanks John! It’s fun to walk through the iron sculpture park and visit Mt. Rainier all in one day! 🙂
He does some great work recycling that scrap into things that are interesting to see. Nice to live relatively close to such an impressive mountain too. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
Thanks Pete. We can be there under 2 hours and Bob knows all the backroads so even the drive is fun! 😊
What a coincidence – I recently posted about the sculpture park too (https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/recycled-spirits-of-iron-ex-nihilo/)! We stopped there on our way Mount Rainier a few years ago, and then had a wonderful overnight stay at Paradise 😀 I love your photos of the mountain, and that moonrise is very special. How wonderful to be able to take a day trip to Paradise!!
We visit Mt Rainier a few times a year since it’s so close.. there are different entrances to the Park, each leading to different views, rivers, hikes, lakes and we like to take them all! I’m glad you got to visit and also stop by the Sculpture Park. Your pictures are great and your post packed full of good info about the artist! 😊
I would visit regularly if I lived near enough 🙂 We really loved our day in Paradise! The next day the clouds had closed in unfortunately so our plan to take photos at Reflection Lake as we drove out via Stevens Canyon was somewhat thwarted, but we still really liked that area of the park too.