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Mt Rainier Day Hiking from Sunrise

The thing that gets me most about Mt Rainier is it’s ‘there-ness.’ On clear day, the mountain hovers over Seattle like a lumpy white ghost, appearing unexpectedly as one comes over one of Seattle’s hills or in between buildings, while crossing intersections. No matter how many times I see it, I find it impossible to take it for granted.  We can see it from our apartment rooftop in Ballard, the bottom half cut-off by Queen Anne hill,  the disc of the Space Needle superimposed on its middle reaches.  After 10 months living in Seattle,  it was time to pay Rainier a visit.
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