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.
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.
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.
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.