Mt. Rainier

August 17, 2012 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels


Mt. Rainier is an omnipresent fixture in the Washington skyline. You can see it off in the distance almost anywhere you are when the weather is clear. The girls always look for it when we come back every year and Mark wanted to take a day trip this year. I think the last time we were at Rainier was when we lived in Olympia while we were still in college, so this must have been 18 or so years ago. We’ll need to go back when the girls are old enough to really hike around because we did the shortest trail and didn’t see too much, but look at these photos…I wish you can smell them. These wildflower meadows are so insanely pristine that they don’t even seem real. You half expect to see cartoon deer and marmots frolicking around.

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  • SY August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    What lovely pictures, the flowers are gorgeous! Have a great trip…

  • Kim August 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Wow. Gorgeousness. My mouth is still agape.

  • Margaret August 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Wow!! It must be really amazing there. Your photos are striking!!

  • mickie August 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    wow. beautiful.

  • naomi August 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Your photos are beyond beautiful!

  • Camille August 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Oh these are so beautiful! There is nothing like the combination of snow capped mountains, blue skies, and wildflowers.

  • 3lin August 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    beautiful scenery and photograph

  • Lauren August 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    This is impossibly beautiful. I’m not sure I can handle it from my hot, humid desk in NYC.

  • Jill August 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    marmots are a real thing??

    gorgeous scenery! and photos.

  • Eva B. August 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Jenna, I have been a long time reader but it’s my first time commenting here. My husband is from Tacoma and will be visiting his family next week. Your pictures truly capture the beauty of Mt. Rainier. I can’t wait to see it again. Have a wonderful vacation.

  • caroline August 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    So gorgeous! The last time I was on Mt. Rainier, I didn’t see this. I have no idea what trail we went on but there definitely wasn’t wildflowers. 🙁 All I remember is an ice cream shop in a souvenir store at the bottom.

  • Doris August 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    great photos…

  • Jessica H. August 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Lovely photos. It’s always cold and rainy when I visit WA so I pass on Mt. Rainier, but maybe I’ll take a summer trip one of these years. It’s great to see you and your family are having a nice vacation.

  • Erin August 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I live just over the border in Victoria, British Columbia. One of these days I really must drive down and explore Washington State further {have done a trip to Seattle and a few shopping excursions to Bellingham, but that’s it}. Mt Rainier looks stunning.

    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

  • Jen August 18, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Jenna, my husband and I were just there last Sunday and we took the exact same photos (minus the kids). Looks like we did the same trail as you. We’re planning to go back soon to do the Skyline Trail. Did you guys get a chance to check out Reflection Lake? Not sure how long you’re here or if you’ve already done this, but just FYI that the Center for Wooden Boats has free boat rides on Sundays; if you guys are into that sort of stuff. Golden Gardens Park is pretty nice too and nearby Ray’s Boathouse Cafe has a fantastic Tuesday happy hour on the deck overlooking the water. Have a great vacation.

  • Katherine August 18, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I’m with everyone else… WOW! So beautiful indeed. And I can’t believe how fast the girls are growing!

  • joanna August 18, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I love your photos.

  • katie August 18, 2012 at 5:47 am

    wow, this looks so beautiful! reminds me of childhood holidays to france & switzerland 🙂

    katie x

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  • cantaloupe August 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Beautiful. Well done. A+ to you and nature.

  • Atsuko August 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    so beautiful and gorgeous! I can sense the air was so clear and clean.

  • Selkie August 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    WOWZA … Enjoy. Store it all away; EXCELLENT visuals..

  • Jhope August 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Oh my goodness…those photos! Love that mountain- nostalgic for me and my dude. We hiked there the year we met in Portland- 1994 🙂

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  • Cheryl August 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Gorgeous pics! I can almost smell those wildflowers! 😉

  • Christine Witt (Brush Dance) August 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Beeeeeatiful. Such color!

  • Jennelle August 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Wow, this looks too perfect to even be real!

    I would love to visit when I eventually make my way out west.

  • HY August 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Beautiful photos! I love how you are showcasing the best parts of Washington state on your blog. I miss the Pacific NW!

  • Seema August 19, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Wow, these photos are breathtaking. Real feast for the eyes, it’s like a place you read about in books but never expect to see in real life. Amazing. Hope you are having a really wonderful time.

  • twiggs August 19, 2012 at 7:15 am

    ah i just thought you were in switzerland! 🙂 really beautiful place!!

  • Loren August 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    The photo of Mia and Claudine in front of the mountain is stunning!

  • orisha August 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    like tyrol*

  • Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs August 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Your comments are gorgeous. They make me want to visit the area so badly.

  • Anne-Marie August 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I didn’t realise Washington was so beautiful. The Alps have nothing on it! I really must visit.
    Looks like a great holiday – keep enjoying.

  • Candace August 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Oh. My. God. That is soooo me with my parents and bratty sister on a loong road trip listening to John Denver when I was eight years old!!!!!!! I’ve been to Mt. Rainer twice as a kid and I remember just being awestruck at its beauty! That and the calm stillness of Crater Lake in Medford, OR!

    I must go back……thanks for the reminder, Jenna!