Green Trees, Snow, and a Hella Big Volcano

Family brought Christopher and I to the Pacific Northwest’s Washington state last week. We spent majority of the time with my relatives who made sure we had at least a day to enjoy Washington’s rich greenery.

Off to Mount Rainier National Park we go.

Mount Rainier is not only the highest mountain in Washington but it is also the highest mountain in the entire Pacific Northwest.

Can you check the nearly 14,500 ft tall mountain peeking through the clouds? It is so tall that snow covers its cap year round.
DCIM100GOPROGOPR1340.Also, I should mention that this beauty of a giant is actually an active volcano in which the US government deems as one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world. And yet, even with its potential for a catastrophe, people from all over the world visit Mount Rainier and its lush surroundings.

Naturally, with all the precipitation Washington receives, several waterfalls take part in creating the park’s landscape.

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Christopher and I usually take the time on our trips for a hike or two but considering we only had one day in this park, we were able to enjoy it with simple the simple steps of driving, parking, and viewing. The most we walked was about two miles round-trip and, even without going too deep into Mount Rainier’s forestry, nature’s vivacious spirit embraced us.

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DCIM100GOPROGOPR1415.Mount Rainier is only 500,000 years old. Why use the word only? Geographically speaking, according to the visitor’s center, Mount Rainier is hella young. (i.e. the Grand Canyon is six million years old and that is considered young as well.)

As young and dangerous this enormous volcano is, no one can doubt its grandeur and surrounding marvels.

-ChiChai@Empire

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