Mount Rainier National Park, Washington – Paradise to Ohanapecosh

Passing Reflection Lake on the way to Ohanapecosh.

Way down in the southeast corner of the park the Ohanapecosh River flows out of the inactive Ohanapecosh Glacier. Inactive glaciers are no longer moving or calving, just big lumps (real big) of ice slowly melting away. As they can be many hundreds of feet thick they can be around for quite a long time. More on this in a later post.

People think I’m old, but I’m standing in front of a very old slice of Douglas Fir. I’m pointing to the tree rings that correspond to a very important event in American History.

The tree was this big in 1776.

Martha Falls on Unicorn Creeks as it flows into the Stevens River.

Farther east we stopped at Box Canyon, a narrow rift on the Cowlitz River.

In a couple of million years I imagine this will be a slot canyon in some ancient desert.

Mother Nature’s Garden.


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  1. Thought you were going to point out the tree ring recording your birth. A bit disappointed that it was only the birth of a nation…

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