|Mount Rainier... Tahoma... seen from the summit of Mount Si. Lainey Piland photo|
Mount Rainier National Park celebrated its 118th birthday on March 2nd. Those of us who live in the area look to the familiar white mountain on the horizon to orient ourselves, to determine the weather (is the mountain out today?), and to define our sense of home. But how many of us have actually visited the National Park? I think I visited when I was very young, but I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that my relationship with the mountain has overall been a long-distance one.
Join me in watching the film below to see just what we're missing out on. This is one of those three-hour long nature relaxation films, but if you're short on time, skip ahead in the video and you'll be treated to several different scenes around Mount Rainier: a peaceful lakeshore, a gurgling stream, an alpine meadow with breezes whispering amidst the grasses and wildflowers... scenes of pure bliss that can only get better when experienced in person!
How grateful are we that this unique piece of nature was protected as a National Park 118 years ago...