In the Shadow of the Mountain: Mount Rainier

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For most perceptive Seattleites, Mount Rainier is a familiar sight. On a clear day the picturesque mountain graces our views. Mount Rainier National Park is a fabulous location for day hikes. Some of the In My Backyard team members went there for a day of hiking and research. There are several visitor centers at the park that serve as good starting points for hikes. We went to the Sunrise Visitor Center for our trip, but the Paradise Visitor Center is also a great location to begin a hike. Both of these visitor centers are starting points for many hiking trails that range in difficulty. Some of the hikes are super easy (even for me) and some of them are more challenging. At Sunrise, many of the hikes intersect so you can jump from hike to hike if you want to go to multiple locations.

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NOCA, Newhalem, and Necessary Excursions

On our second to last day in the North Cascades National Park (NOCA), we decided to check out the Newhalem Visitor Center and the surrounding area. The visitor center consists of an impressive building full of countless beautiful, interactive exhibits, and a series of trails. It is located across the Skagit River from the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) near milepost 120 and the town of Newhalem.

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Sunrise at Sunrise – Dawn on Rainier

DSC06795At 3am on a Sunday morning, I groggily hauled myself out of bed and stumbled to the family car. My dad and I had decided the afternoon before that we wanted to see the sunrise on Rainier before meeting up with our extended family for a hike. Even though we were tired, an hour long BBC special on the element tungsten made the two hour drive much more enjoyable. No seriously. Contact me if you have any questions about tungsten.

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