I assume that you are aware that we for the past several years have spent our winters in Florida and our summers in Washington. Well since I consider WA my home I am also sure I have perhaps more than I should have , suggested that I’d prefer to spend my time in WA and that I really do miss spending my winters in an area of mostly rain but also within just a few hours of fabulous SNOW…. I know if you have to work in it and drive in it and live with it day in and day out spring is a delight …but i miss playing in the snow …. and though my husband does in fact enjoy the heat he also misses the SNOW…so that when we returned to WA this late spring to find that there MT RAINIER was still packed in snow at the upper elevation namely PARADISE INN we were elated. In addition I had previously ( in February) booked us our favorite room at the Inn for the 12th and 13th of June well the was just priceless…I don’t usually book this early because we are not usually having good weather namely its raining and cloudy WITTHOUT the benefit of SNOW and usually no chance to see the mountain. But I had found out ahead of time that the ANNEX at the INN would be closed for renovation beginning in late AUGUST and that it would stay closed for a year or longer… The Inn at Paradise is 100 years old and I am not sure what they are doing but its more than just cosmetic that had been done several times over the years. So I booked the rooms and lucked out… there was at least 10 feet of snow around the INN.
Because the Inn will be closed for so long …one will have to stay down at at the Inn at Longmire or one of the facilities outside the park.
This was the view out of our window looking over at the front end of the INN as you can see there was a lot of snow and I was loving every minute..
out my other window there was this small tree that had been broken down by the incredible amount of snow this year at the mountain but looking at it I thought it looked like a penguin.
the Fireplace at Paradise
An Old Photo of the what the lobby of the Inn looked liked years ago..
Paradise river just before it goes over Narada Falls.
Down at the lower elevation the WILD VANILLA is blooming I love those leaves
one of my favorite flowers the Orange ones are Indian Paintbrush..
another of my favorites BEAR GRASS also called SQUAW grass….
While I didn’t get to see it at sunrise this time I did get to enjoy all the snow and how quiet it was because the snow absorbs the sound.
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…aka kath