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The magic of Mount Rainier

I love Mount Rainier.

I long ago lost count of the times I hiked, camped, snowshoed, or just spur-of-the moment drove 210 miles in a long day to hang out on the mountain.  Rain, fog, sunshine, snow: it’s all the same to me in my love for Rainier, this sacred ‘spirit of place.’

I am bewitched.

Even when Mount Rainier hides, it's still a good hike. (Helen Holter, September 7, 2013)

Even when Mount Rainier hides, it’s still a good hike. (Helen Holter, hiking toward Camp Muir, September 7, 2013)

Yup. Fair warning. (Hiking toward Camp Muir on Mount Rainier. September 7, 2013)

Yup. Fair warning. (Hiking toward Camp Muir on Mount Rainier. September 7, 2013)

Sunny Sunday on Mount Rainier. (September 8, 2013)

What a difference a day makes! Sunny Sunday on Mount Rainier, clear skies ahead! (Helen Holter on High Skyline Trail, September 8, 2013)

Almost heaven. At Paradise on Mount Rainier, sunset. (September 8, 2013)

Almost heaven. At Paradise on Mount Rainier, sunset. (September 8, 2013)