Mt. Rainier National Park Day 1

This is day one of the three day outing to Mt. Rainier National Park. On the first day we drove up from Portland and stopped in Elbe to check out the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum. This place had just come to my attention and I want to see what it was about. Next we headed into Mt. Rainier National Park. We stopped at Longmire and walked the Trail of the Shadows. This was a short walk around an area of natural mineral springs. In the early days Longmire had a health spa here featuring the water. We also explore the National Park Inn and had lunch there. From there we headed up the mountain to Paradise. The weather was perfect and we hiked a couple of trails we had not been on before. The moraine trail took us out to a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier and the Nisqually glacier. After the hike it was time to check into Paradise Inn. We finished up with dinner at the Inn and afterwards took some time checking out the great room before turning in. During the night a very wet front moved in.