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postcard from mount rainier national park

is it irrational to say mount rainier np became my favorite national park after only a one-day visit? yes. does it still make it very very very true? also yes.

I did not have hopes for Mount Rainier National Park. I didn’t know much about it, I was expecting a lot of snow, and I had been really hoping for a trip to Olympic National Park over MRNP. Somehow, though, JUST SOMEHOW, all of these reasons made our trip to MRNP even more enjoyable to me.

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Not knowing anything about the park made everything a joyous surprise, as often happens when blindly arriving in a new place. There was snow, but it wasn’t snowing – in fact, we had a perfect blue-sky day with zero clouds and 60-degree temperatures. WHAT! The higher we climbed up Mount Rainier, the better the views became of the surrounding snow-capped mountains (including Mount Hood… WHICH IS IN OREGON), and we even got to make a snowman. On a mountain. In Washington State.

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We didn’t make it to Olympic National Park (it’s a 3-hour drive from Seattle), but I think it worked out for the best. When I finally get to see Olympic National Park, I want to spend a decent amount of time there exploring, hiking, taking photos, etc… one day wouldn’t have been enough.

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One day wasn’t enough in Mount Rainier NP though, either, so I’m sure I’ll be back!

PS: if you want to see Amy’s account on the day at the park, CHECK IT OUT HERE.

What is your favorite photo from Mount Rainier National Park?

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