August 6 - Mount Rainier, WA

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 25, 2011

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Mount Rainier Mount Rainier National Park
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mount Rainier National Park

(Posted by Madison)

Today when I woke-up we were at Paradise Point in Mt. Rainier National Park.  After I got dressed we went into the Visitors Center.  We went in and got our Junior Ranger books and started to work on them since we were only here for 1 day.  After about 1 hour we attended our first Ranger program on the 'Web of Life' at Mount Rainier.  After this program they gave us Mount Rainier Junior Ranger patches.

Next we prepared to go on a hike with another Ranger.  It was a Geological hike, and when we started the Ranger told us that the first 100 yards would be the only part without snow.  The average hight of the snow on all of the paths was still 4 feet high!  It was so high because they got over 900 inches of snow this year (600 is average).  The ranger told us that this is the most snow that they have had in 45 years.

(Post continued by Emma)

It was hard to walk because the snow was slippery.  We were going up hill and down hill a lot.  There were a couple of places where we could see the paved trail, but it was almost all snowy.  When we got to the viewpoint where you can see the Glacier and the top of Mt. Rainier, we couldn't see anything because of all the fog.  My feet were getting wet and cold, so we hurried back.

Next, we went into the Visitors Center where we got our Junior Ranger badges and certificates.  After this we went back to the RV.  My dad wanted to do another hike, but we couldn't because of the weather.  We saw a red fox in the parking lot that was really small.  The fox was acting strange because it wasn't afraid of people and it was going under cars and sniffing.  After the fox finally went away we left the park drove to our campsite.

We ate spaghetti, chicken, and cucumber salad for dinner.  Then we watched a movie and ate popcorn before bed.
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