What started out to be a glorious day of snowshoeing at Mt Rainier National Park turned into a not so glorious way to spend the first day of 2012. We never in a million years would have expected to be in a place where an armed mad man was on the loose shooting at people in a National Park. The whole experience was intense, at times frightening, and totally surreal.
The view of M Rainier from Sunrise Visitor Center is spectacular. This shot was taken just up from the main parking area along the main hiking trail!
The wildflowers are still in full bloom due to the late snow thaw this year. The purple lupin is prominent. The mountain still has so much white on it and so few dark areas.