We drove up to the Paradise area in Mount Rainier National Park yesterday. There are lots of paved trails through the alpine meadows where flowers bloom briefly in late July and August, but right now there’s still quite a bit of snow on the ground and the flowers are just starting to hint at what’s coming.
It was a mob scene anyway, with big crowds of tourists (mostly Indian families) checking out the areas closest to the visitor center. Walking a mile uphill seemed to fix that, though, and we had a bit of solitude in places, including Alta Vista peak to ourselves.
The pictures start here.