Okay, so I'm finally up here in Washington. Working. But 3 of us after work today decided that since it wasn't raining, to try to get to the base of Mt. Rainier.
"It's only like an hour"
That's what someone said at 4pm when we started out. We drove and drove and drove, in 1 car until we got to Paradise, which is as far as the road will go before the 12ft. banks of snow on each side of the road, make you stop.
Not only that, but the rain got so bad that the clouds pretty much hid the top the entire trip.
But, we did stop by little known Alder Lake about 30 minutes from the base of the mountain. Plenty of stumps at the base of this lake.