One of the best parts about living in Washington state is randomly stumbling upon different views of Mount Rainier.
Of course, just because you live nearby doesn’t mean you will actually get to see the mountain.
The first three times Veronica visited Washington, Rainier was shrouded by clouds – and two of those trips occurred in the summer.
Heck, in the summer of 2014, we took a trip to Paradise to see Rainier up close, yet despite it being sunny everywhere else, we never saw the mountain that day.
But when Rainier does show her face, she is a majestic sight to behold.
I’ve seen her from the air, from Prosser, from White Pass, from the Seattle area, the Tacoma area, I-5, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and many other places.
I’m not sure what my favorite view is, though they are all different.
Growing up in Kirkland, we would often take State Route 520 to Seattle. Seeing Rainier from the bridge deck in the summer is one of my fondest memories. Just a stunning site.
One of the best views of Seattle is from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill. You get the city’s skyline with the Space Needle in the foreground, and Rainier in the background.
From Fireman’s Park in Tacoma, Mt. Rainier is framed by the Murray Morgan Bridge, which makes for a cool photo.
There is also the quintessential Tacoma shot of Mt. Rainier taken on Ruston Way, where it appears to be hovering above the hospital on the Hilltop.
Veronica works at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. One of her first assignments was touring a C-17 on McChord Field. That’s where she caught this amazing photo of Rainier with a C-17 in the foreground.
Veronica took my favorite photo of Rainier, which we have framed in our living room, from near the Fred Meyer on Bridgeport Way in University Place.
I stumbled upon a good view of the mountain framed by cherry blossoms on the soccer fields near Chambers Bay Park in University Place near the Chambers Bay golf course, which is hosting the 2015 U.S. Open.
And recently, I hiked up Suntop Mountain and was afforded amazing views of the north face of Rainier from just 10 miles away.
You know you are talking to a native Washingtonian when on a sunny day they ask if The Mountain is out.
Finally, here’s another one taken by Veronica while she was out for a walk during lunch at JBLM.