My friend Kelsie introduced me to Grand Park (Mount Rainier National Park), today. We went via the “back-door route”. We stopped at pretty Lake Eleanor in the morning, it was shimmering with blue sky and forest reflections so we got our cameras out. The mosquitoes were a mild nuisance, they warmed us up for what lay ahead.
Grand Park itself was even better than I expected. As we climbed up through the first ramping meadows of avalanche lilies to the majestic tableland that everyone associates with this part of the park, we were exhilarated by fresh breezes that felt like they’d blown straight down from the Emmons and Winthrop Glaciers. The wildflowers were danged amazing. And we had lunch at an incredible viewpoint on the Northern Loop Trail. We ogled half the northern side of the Park. We walked 9.9 miles, total. I was tired on the way back. The bugs bugged us but the flowers cheered us up. It was a great day to be at Mt. Rainier.