Monthly Archives: December 2009

A Day In The Life Of A Visitor Center…

Here’s what a park visitor center might think on an average busy day… 8:00 a.m. “Wow! I feel clean! Who needs a shower when you have maintenance folks to vaccuum my floors?” 9:00 a.m. “Ah, it’s going to be a … Continue reading

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Christmas on the Mountain

The holidays this year were stunning. Crisp air, lots of snow and blue skies make for a spectacular day at Paradise! Every morning, the interp rangers pile into the park van and drive up the road together. Our main hope … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Eve!

Today’s view of the mountain from the JVC webcam. It’s a beautiful Christmas Eve day here at Mount Rainier! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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The Importance of Coffee

Pictured above is what the parking lot at Paradise looks like right now. It’s a webcam picture; the road is still closed and I’m at the Longmire office, waiting for directions from dispatch/LE rangers about VC operations today (if the … Continue reading

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Avalanches and Snow Pits

The picture above is of our current snow pack, as it sits at Alta Vista on the Skyline Trail above Paradise. The letters along the bottom of the graph designate the density or hardness, with the hardest layers being indicated … Continue reading

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Distraction is coming…

Sometimes, we get sidelined by pressing issues like health concerns. They draw our attention away from daily routines, work assignments, social engagements and the like. I just went through this last month. But as I sit here now, I foresee … Continue reading

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What Comes To Your Mind?

Yosemite. Everglades. Gates of the Arctic. Death Valley. Yellowstone. When you hear those words, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind about each? Open landscapes? Interesting plants? Furry critters? Extreme temperatures? Each place is unique, to be sure. … Continue reading

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