Our Trip to Paradise – Part 5 – Arrival in Paradise (Wildflowers were everywhere)

3 Oct

Arrival in Paradise

Continuing from Our Trip to Paradise – Part 4 – The Road to Paradise

We continue to climb. We finally reaching Paradise with its sweeping view of Mount Rainier peak.

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As promised there were alpine wildflowers everywhere.

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Paradise Inn
We had booked our second night at the Paradise Inn

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We checked in then headed out to join a ranger walk on one of the trails. The paths were covered with meadows of wildflowers at their peak.

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The views of the mountain, the trails, the meadows and the flowers were spectacular.

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There were more waterfalls.

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A great view of the terminus of the Nisqually Glacier

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We could hear and see the water rushing out of the bottom of the glacier, the headwaters for the river we had crossed and re-crossed earlier on our way up the mountain.

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After our hike we thanked our ranger and headed back to the Paradise Inn. We were still unpacking in our rooms, it was getting towards dusk. Just across from our room we saw Paradise deer grazing. They seemed to also enjoy the wildflowers and the setting.

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While the ladies settled in to relax a bit before dinner, Mike and I took a drive down to Reflection Lake hoping to capture a reflection of the mountain in the water.

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Our timing was good. The sun’s rays were at a great angle.

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But there was a little bit too much wind, causing ripples and waves on the lake. We could only get part of a reflection in some of the sheltered backwaters of the lake, not a full reflection.

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However the late in the day sun’s rays did a great job illuminating flowers along the trails by the lake.

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We headed back to the Lodge to enjoy the sunset, a bottle of wine, a relaxing dinner, and a good night sleep to prepare for a full day of hiking in the morning.

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See also:

Our Trip to Paradise – took 25 years

Our Trip To Paradise Part 2 – Northern Virginia to Longmire

Our Trip to Paradise Part 3 – The National Park Inn

Our Trip to Paradise – Part 4 – The Road to Paradise

Our Trip to Paradise – Part 6 – The Sunrise at Mount Rainier National Park (To be posted soon)

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