We have gushed about so many places on this trip, we were bound to be disappointed eventually. Well…it finally happened. Mt. Rainier National Park was a serious letdown. The park itself is probably spectacular, but the weather was just not in the mood to cooperate.
After checking out Seattle, Jessica and I made the short drive south then east towards Mt. Rainier. The sky was overcast, but based on Seattle’s reputation, we didn’t think much of it. By the time we reached the park, the skies were blanketed in clouds and a low fog had descended. Then it started to rain. We hustled to set up our campsite as quickly as we could before the rain soaked us and our gear.
We had arrived at dinner time, so we didn’t mind the weather so much once our tent and tarp were up. When we woke the next morning to hike, however, the weather was even worse. The above photo is the closest we ever got to seeing the mountain. We were bummed, but it let us get an early start towards our next destination.
While traversing the park to reach the east entrance, we passed a mother deer with a very young fawn. Since we were up early and no other cars were around, the two deer hung out for a few moments while I snapped some photos.
While the weather stunk on Rainier, things started looking up as we traveled east into the rain shadow of the Cascades. By our next stop the sun was shining again!