Mount Rainier National Park Travel Blog› entry 15 of 18 › view all entries
I drove through the park starting at the Nisqually Entrance. I stopped for a short hike in a glaciated valley with neat bridges made from whole trees. And I loved all the rocks everywhere. I continued up the road, around each bend looking for the mountain top. Can you see it?
I looked at Narada Falls from the first vantage point. Hmm. Not very impressive. So I moved on, stopping at the Visitor Center. I was quite impressed with the architecture. There were those binocular viewing things and you could see people climbing up the mountain. It was pretty neat.
I like pulling off the road at every turnout, because you never know what you'll be able to see. And boy was I surprised when I got a look at Narada Falls from another angle! It was HUGE!
Next stop was at Reflection Lakes.
As I drove, I noticed all the valleys - both glaciated and carved by rivers - and also the rock slide channels. Those channels left huge scars on the mountain that you could see from miles away! And then when you get up close, you realize just how big they are! Lets just say you wouldn't want your car where the channel crosses the road.
I decided to head to Yakima for the night. The plan was to hit Glacier on the way home. I got part way to Yakima, only to find the road was closed! A logging truck tipped over dumping a bunch of logs that blocked both lanes of the road.
Once again, I know I want to return. I just read about the floods in Nov 2006 that washed out a bunch of roads and campgrounds and utilities. Crazy! I wonder what it all looks like now? Hwy 123 that I took to get out of the park now has a washout 70 ft deep? Another spot on a highway washout drops hundreds of feet! Scary! I just hope they get everything fixed up and safe so people can get back to enjoying the park!