|Gary's sister, Lois and her husband Richard
were here for a second day September 22, 2004. We decided to take a ride
around mount Rainier
As an active volcano Mount Rainier stands as a
reminder of the beauty and power of nature. The Cascade Range has been
volcanically active for millions of years, thanks to its location close to
the Western edge of the North American tectonic plate. The mountain
we see today is relatively young in geologic terms. It formed about
500,000 years ago. Like Mount St. Helens and other Cascade
volcanoes, Mount Rainier has the potential to erupt again at some unknown
time. Volcanologists expect the mountain to give ample warning
before entering an eruptive period, but the threat of unexpected mudflow
exists throughout the park.
Roads lead through the old-growth forest and in subalpine areas.
A major road system runs from the Southwest entrance through the Southern
and Eastern parts of the park, with a spur to Sunrise on the Northeast
side of the mountain. A separate road leads into Carbon River in the
Northwest. The roads were designed to make the least impact on the
landscape. They are narrow and especially in the lower elevations,
trees grow close to the road. All but 18 miles of road between the
Southwest entrance and Paradise are closed in winter. Carbon River
Road is open year-round. Mount Rainier's roads lead through
spectacular mountain scenery in all seasons from the cool lushness of
summer to the wonderlands of winter.
We didn't see any wildlife until we arrived home. There are the
deer eating apples under the apple tree in my front yard. It goes to
prove you don't have to take a long drive searching for wildlife.
They are in our front yard!