Last month, I spent a few days with my family at Mt. Rainier just enjoying the beautiful weather and playing in the snow. We went cross-country skiing (most of us for the first time), inner-tubing, and a little bit of hiking/snowshoeing. Believe it or not, I didn't pull out my camera until the last day. I guess I was too busy falling down. But during our short hike on that final day, I couldn't resist these amazing views.
Here is the view from the parking lot at Paradise:
Here is the same view after hiking a little ways up the trail:
One of my climbing buddies (aka, my dad):
Straight trees, sloping ground:
Tree icicles--you didn't expect me to resist a macro photo opportunity, did you?
Dad admiring the view:
More view (notice the unknown snowshoer in the bottom right):
The summit of Mt. Rainier, with the wind whipping snow off the top:
My other climbing buddy (aka, my brother):
And one last look at the gorgeous view:
Well, now that I've finally posted these winter pictures, I think I'm ready for Spring to arrive in a few days.