Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

Mount Rainier over the Snoqualmie Valley.  Lainey Piland photo
This Nature Nerd Wednesday, we'll be focusing on the words "cold" and "refreshing" in light of the recent hot weather that has settled over western Washington.  Yesterday, temperatures outdoors quickly reached the upper eighties... maybe even ninety.  What a way to kick off the month of July!

Driving home from the grocery store yesterday and still sweating after lugging heavy bags of groceries through a sweltering parking lot to my car, I was seriously in need of relief from the heat. Visions of popsicles, iced coffee drinks, and cold swimming pools were dancing through my head as I crested a hill on the freeway, and there before me rose the imposing, icy white countenance of Mount Rainier.

Talk about refreshing! Just one look at that mountain was nearly enough to give me goosebumps.

For more "cool" views, be sure to check out the National Park Service webcams at Mount Rainier. The Sunrise and Camp Muir webcams are now back up and running, and offer awesome mountain views.

National Park Service webcam at Sunrise on Mount Rainier
According to a recent CNN article, Mount Rainier is the most ice-covered peak in the lower 48 states, which is certainly easy to believe! Perhaps that explains the goosebump-inducing view...

If you're planning to visit the mountain in person this summer (which of course you should!) this Seattle Times article has great tips on what areas to visit, when to go, and where to stay.

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