Few things in life bring the same thrill as the sunbeams hitting a mountain top.
One of the bigger items on our Seattle Bucket List was to see Mount Rainier for a final good-bye. I am a big advocate for closing chapters with finality when we can so that we can move on to the next stage of life, and seeing Mount Rainier for a final time was a part of that process for me.
We camped out at White River Campground and found ourselves the next day leaving in the evening. We stopped along one of the exit roads that has some of the last looks of mountain views before heading into the woods and it really brought the last looks we were hoping for.
We saw very few wild flowers in this spot, however this one was really trying its best for us.
We pulled over to a pullout on the side of the road for pictures. Almost all the national parks we have been to have pullouts like these for pictures and slow traffic passing. We try to take advantage of them when we can.
As the sun started to set we could see the glow of the forest in the distance. The air was fresh with the scent of evergreens and a cool breeze blew through rustling the tree limbs as we waited.
Eventually the clouds started to turn pink and the surrounding trees changed to purple as the sun started to go behind the mountains.
Seeing the sun glisten on the mountain’s snow and ice made for a magical feeling. It was glistening.
Seeing Mount Rainier from this angle and in this light was such a beautiful feeling. For the past 5 years I would look to the South on every single clear day to look for it, and there it would be. Sometimes shrouded by clouds or mist, but there were many times where it took my breath away in the clear skies. I will always be thankful for the beauty it has and that I had the privilege’s to see it so many times in the past few years.
I hope you love it as much as I do! 🙂
This photo was taken on our drive home after leaving the park. That pink hue is my favorite thing!