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Contemplating Rainier

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Contemplating the Mountain

Mountain View

She stepped into the frame, not noticing that there was someone several feet away. Click. “Oh, Pardon Me! Am I in your way?” “No, no!” I replied, “You’re fine.” “Okay, just checking, thank you.” She went back to her silent contemplation. I backed up a couple of steps. Click. Click-click. Her unexpected appearance in the frame was fortuitous, for it allowed me to add a bit of context into what would otherwise have turned out to be another tourist snap. We were at Sunrise Point, the you’re-almost-there just-above-the-treeline hairpin turn that gives visitors their first jaw-dropping view of the mountain and another 270-degrees of alpine panorama. Today, the sky is clear as can be with just a few odd fishtail-shaped clouds that accent the brilliant blue. Click. Click. Click.

And the mountain? Rainier, a dormant 13,211 foot (4,027 m) volcano about 50 miles southeast of Seattle. It’s massive white outline dominates the landscape for miles around and on a clear day, it can be seen from places as far away as Portland, Oregon and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Saturday was a pleasant, clear summer day so we decided to make the drive to Sunrise, on the eastern slope. I’d made this trip many times before. Yet the clean mountain air, the intoxicating fragrance of the pines,  the pristine alpine fauna and the jaw-dropping views did not fail to disappoint. It felt like my first pilgrimage all over again. Just like all the times before.

Sunrise Road

Sunrise Road

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Written by xinapray

July 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

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