Back in the USA - Mt Rainier in Sunshine

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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Trip End Jun 19, 2009


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Leaving Vancouver, we crossed the border into the US again, with a 40 minute delay at the crossing, where we had to leave our citrus fruits behind. 
Then we drove to the foot of Mt Rainier, where we camped in a lush forest of tall Douglas Firs and Cedars, next to a creek. 

Mt Rainier is famous for its high rainfall, but we were blessed with a brilliant day of sunshine when we ascended to Paradise.  Mt Rainier is a volcano and has a classic volcanic shape shaped by glaciers.
 
Melanie says as we drove up she thought it looked like an ice-cream with a top cut off.  

  It was too early for wildflowers as there was still a heap of snow.  We were really pleased to find that we could hire snowshoes from the NP so we set off for a view of the mountain and glaciers. 

Melanie says - "We went snow shoeing for the first time in all of our lives.  It was very hard work but so fun especially when we were sliding down giant hills."  

We returned to the same forest campground, tired out but happy.
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Where I stayed
Big Creek Campground, near Mt Rainier

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