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Revisiting A Favorite Spot In A National Park

Myrtle Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, 9/30/2020
Myrtle Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, 9/23/2021
Myrtle Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, 9/6/2016

I know I’ve written this before, and I tend to hammer it in to the readers of my photo column on the National Parks Traveler. But, I’m not going to stop hammering it in, so here we go again: it’s always a great idea to revisit and rephotograph a favorite national park spot, because – depending upon the season, time of day, and weather – things can look quite different from the last time you visited. If you are using a newer/different camera, the level of detail can look quite different, as well.

Take these shots of Myrtle Falls in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park (Washington state). Each of the three photos were actually captured in September, from late summer to autumn, and during the morning (I didn’t realize they were all captured in September until I looked at the file info). However, these images were photographed in different years (2016, 2020, 2021) and under different weather conditions. Makes quite a difference, doesn’t it?

The first image shows a sort of veiled mountain view that I photographed with my Sony a7riv. Smoke from a wildfire had wafted in that morning, when the previous morning was crystal clear. The second image is the most recent, captured the day after official autumn and conditions were perfect for a clear photo of everything and was photographed with my Fujifilm GFX100. The last photo was taken during a rainy day when The Mountain was completely hidden from view by fog/mist/low-hanging clouds, so I focused on the waterfall rather than the gray background with my Canon 5DSR. And the really nice thing is that during each of those photo sessions, I had the place all to myself (I may forget what I ate for breakfast the other day, but stuff like that, I tend to remember). Most people up there at that time of year tend to want to sleep in, I guess.

Anyway, look at these images and compare them to one another, then take my advice and revisit your favorite spots for more photos.

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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It’s National Public Lands Day 2021!

Here’s a sunrise for your Saturday, folks. Today (Sept 25, 2021) is National Public Lands Day. Fees are waived at the national parks. It’s a great day to enjoy the outdoors and think about how you can help preserve a park’s environment for future visitors. It can be as simple as packing out what you pack in and picking up trash you see along the trail. I did that yesterday. I saw an occasional candy wrapper and even a discarded mask. I’d forgotten to bring a trash bag with me, but I still had other bags I could use for picking up and carrying trash. It’s good for one’s karma, you know. 😊

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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If You Want To Stay In Paradise, Then Stay At The Paradise Inn

8991_Sunrise At Paradise

Let me begin by saying I love staying in historic lodges within national parks.  Usually, the lodges are constructed of log , wood plank and glass which more or less blends in with the natural surroundings.  Historic lodges always have interesting histories to go with the architecture, and publications may be found in local book stores, or online.

Back in October 2010, during a trip to Washington State, I traveled to Mt. Rainier National Park via Chinook Pass along Hwy 410.

Chinook Pass

Chinook Pass Satellite

My aim was to arrive at the park via the Paradise entrance,  drive up to the Paradise area, and stay a couple of nights at the Paradise Inn.

8993_Paradise Inn

Paradise Inn is located just a parking lot away from the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center.  The Inn is a lovely 2-story creation (which now has a large annex of rooms attached to the main lodge).  I wanted to stay in the main lodge and the reservationist obliged me.  FYI, if you plan on visiting this area, then make your room reservations here early; I made my reservations about 4-6 months ahead of time as the place fills up quickly.  In the photo above, my room was the 4th from the far left of the photo, on the upper level.

I chose a room with no bathroom.  There was a sink, but the toilets and showers were down the hall, in separate rooms.  That was OK, but if I ever stay at the Inn again (and I definitely want to do so), then I will try and reserve a room with the toilet/shower in the same room.

Paradise Inn is not the Hyatt Regency nor the Hilton Hotel; it’s not 5-star with all the amenities.  It’s a beautiful, rustic piece of architecture with history and charm.  As with most other park lodgings, it’s all about location, location, location.  My room was clean and basic, which is all I ever ask of any lodging; I’m spending the majority of my day outside anyway, so my main requirement is a bed.  I don’t need radio, television, or  internet.  The room came with a desk upon which I could place my laptop, portable hard drive, and memory card reader.

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9004_Paradise Inn Room2

The main lobby, as well as the upper level right over the lobby, are the most picturesque portions.

The Lobby:

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The upper level during the day:

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The upper level at night:

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As you can see from the photos, the furnishings are beautifully rustic.

8982_Lamp Detail

There’s a large restaurant at one end of the Inn; my room was situated over the restaurant and I could hear the clinking of crockery below – a comforting sound to me, rather than an intrusive sound.  There’s also a small “deli” at the other end of the main lodge serving ice cream, bottled drinks, and quick foods like sandwiches, soup, and chili.  Of course there is a gift shop, and even a little mailbox into which you may drop your postcards purchased from said gift shop.  There is no lounge (aka bar aka saloon aka tavern), so if you want a beer or a glass of wine (not accompanied by your meal), you will need to purchase a six-pack or bottle of vino prior to your arrival at the Inn and save it for when you get back to your room.

Paradise Inn is a stone’s throw away from trails of varying lengths, paved and unpaved, all of which afford the visitor stunning views of Nisqually Glacier and The Mountain itself .

9177_Path To The Mountain

9122_Mt Rainier at Paradise

You can see all sorts of things in addition to The Mountain.

9082_Deer In the Morning

8957-2_Becky and The Mountain

One of my goals was to photograph the Inn all lit up at night.

9030-2_Paradise Inn At Night

9034-2_Paradise Inn At Night

Oh yeah, I also made it a goal to get a photo of myself with the Paradise Inn (to prove I was there and….ok…..to use for bragging) Winking smile

9021_Paradise Inn with Becky

If you get a chance to stay at the Paradise Inn, you won’t be sorry.

8983-2_Trail To The Inn

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