Sometimes we romanticize places we’ve never been to without appreciating what our own backyard offers. So, while planning my visit back home from Spain, I decided I wanted to go back to Mt. Rainier. I’d visited as a child, but hadn’t been back in years. It was time to see something I had grown up seeing every day with new eyes.
The mountain, that on a clear day and the right angle, looms behind the Seattle skyline, is majestic, wild and BIG. It’s not only the biggest mountain in Washington State, it’s also the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous U.S.
Mt. Rainier isn’t your average, harmless, snow-covered place. In addition to its large size, it’s actually a stratovolcano—one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world and named by the U.S. Geological Survey to be the most dangerous in the United States.
So, if Mt. Rainier were to blow up tomorrow, it’d destroy the surrounding communities (Including my hometown! Time to move, family!) However, upon my visit, I learned that it wouldn’t necessarily need an eruption to trigger destruction. Giant mudflows, called lahars, could potentially be set off at any moment and would give little to no warning to the residents who live in the danger zone.
However, despite the dangers this mountain potentially poses, I promise it’s worth a visit. If you want to see what rugged beauty is; you needn’t go further.
Though the pictures give you a glimpse, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of Mt. Rainier in-person. Seriously, WOW. After a day of hiking and breathing in all of the fresh mountain air with two of my favorite people, I felt so proud of where I’m from.
What place in your hometown/country/province/state/etc. are you most proud of?