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Mount Rainier National Park

In National Parks on April 20, 2011 at 7:50 am


I wish that I had a computer back in the days when we were traveling. Being from the
east coast,we had a limited idea of what we would try to see while on the west coast.
Unfortunately, Mt. Rainier did not make our list of places to visit and Mt. Hood did.
We regret not visiting Mt. Rainier, but thats life! We did the best that we could  in the
seven  months that we travel each summer.

This is some of the information that I have located on Mount Rainier National Park.

Don’t miss out seeing this beautiful park. It is certainly worth the effort.

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Mount Rainier is a massive stratovolcano located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of SeattleUnited States. It is the most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 feet (4,392 m).[1][2] Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and it is on the Decade Volcano list.[7] Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars that would threaten the whole Puyallup River valley.
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The summit cone formed incrementally as lava and ash gushed from a vent in the Earth thousands of times, filling the surrounding canyons and increasing the footprint of the mountain. The top of the still-active volcano named Mount Rainier once topped 16,000 feet, but the effects of the harsh weather at high elevations in west-central Washington lowered the mountain’s skyward reach, only for eruptions over the last two millennia to build the summit back up to its current height of 14,411 feet above sea level. Mount Rainier’s last eruption occurred about 100 years ago.
So impressive is Mount Rainier’s hulking presence that it dominates the skyline for 100 miles, dwarfing other Cascade Range peaks and luring tourists to its high-elevation bounties. Located 95 miles from Seattle and 70 miles from Tacoma, Mount Rainier National Park so successfully draws lovers of the outdoors to its 235,625 acres, that astute visitors avoid much of the traffic on the roads and the crowds on the trails by exploring the park during midweek.
Of course, these roads and trails are busy for a good reason: This national park delivers extraordinary year-round recreation, from mountaineers improving their ice-climbing  skills to photographers determined to capture the park’s essence in shots of wildflowers, woods and waterfalls. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing  abound in the winter, and July and August bring the most colorful blooms of wildflowers.
Visitors who explore the park sometime between early July and early October should begin in the southwest Nisqually entrance, then drive to Paradise and Sunrise, stopping to appreciate the wildflowers, when in bloom.If time permits, travelers who like to hike may want to park at the entrance at Carbon River, in the northwest corner, hike to the self-guided Carbon River Rain Forest Trail, then launch into the much more difficult 18 mile round-trip hike through Douglas firs and Sitka spruce along the Carbon Glacier Trail.
No matter where visitors direct their boots in the day-time, they can spend their nights in any of the three campgrounds, all with 14 day limits. No hook-ups exist, but with Mount Rainier as a backdrop, a stay here can hardly be called roughing it.

For campgrounds with hook-ups, check out the four campgrounds of Tacoma Power listed below.





Tacoma Power CampgroundsTacoma Power operates 4 excellent campgrounds to the SE of Mount Rainier National
Park on Alder Lake and Mayfield Lake reservoirs.  The campgrounds feature full hook-up’s and swimming, boating, and excellent campsite facilities.

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Mayfield Lake ParkYear-round day use area and boat launch.
Campsites open between April 15 and October 15
55 individual campsites (Water/electric hookups)
12-unit group camp area – Memorial Day – Oct. 15
Fire rings and picnic tables in all campsites
Coin-operated showers
Wheelchair-accessible restroom
Reservable kitchen shelter.

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Alder Lake Park  Download BrochureYear-round camping at 173 campsites
37 with water, electric and sewer hookups
74 with water and electric hookups
62 tent sites
20-site group camp area – full hookups
Two boat launches open year round
Fire rings and picnic tables in all campsites
Coin-operated showers
Wheelchair accessible restrooms
Water faucets throughout campground.

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Taidnapam ParkYear-round camping and day-use area
67 individual campsites
17 with water, electric and sewer hookups
34 with water and electric hookups
16 walk-in tent sites
22-site group camp area
18 with water, electric and sewer hookups
4 with water and electric hookups
Boat launch open mid-May through mid-September
Fire rings and picnic tables in all campsites
Coin-operated showers
Wheelchair accessible restrooms.

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Mossy Rock ParkYear-round camping, day use area and boat launch
152 individual campsites (76 with full hookups)
Two group camp areas
60-site group camp (35 with electric hookups)
10-site primitive group camp (no hookups)
Fire rings and picnic tables in all campsites
Coin-operated showers
Laundry facilities
Store and fast-food concession stand (seasonal)
Wheelchair accessible restrooms
Water faucets throughout campground
Reservable kitchen shelter.

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Now here you have it, everything that you need to know for a great camping experience!  GO FOR IT!!!



Nat’l Parks Passports–Best Bargain Going

In Information-Usefull, National Parks, postaweek2011, RVing on March 12, 2011 at 2:45 am

My friends, If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance that you are interested in some thing related to National Parks, Monuments or Campgrounds. That is great, you have come to the right place. There  are so many National Parks and Monuments located throughout these United States that it would be a shame to bring your children up without introducing them to the natural beauty that nature has put right here in our great nation. Get yourself motivated and plan to take your family to at least one National Park or Monument this year. Try it, you may like it. Go on the internet, if you possibly can  first, and look up the State that you wish to visit or to your own State and look up “National Park and Monuments”. Pick one that you would like to visit and look up the history of it so you will know what to look for when you get there.

Buy the “Golden Eagle” passport,  which is good for one year for $50.00.The pass includes every one in your vehicle or if in a group, you and your immediate family.

Great Smoky Mountains

If you are over 62 you can buy the “Golden Age Passport” good for life for $10.00.  Also, in addition to entrance to Parks and Monuments, You can get a 50% discount at the National Forest and the Army Corps of Engineering campgrounds. The Golden Access Passport is for any person who is blind or permanently disabled. It is free of charge and gives you the same benefits as the Golden Age pass.

Acadia-Maine

The government has established the Golden Eagle,GOLDEN AGE and GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT that when obtained allow the public to enter fee areas without additional charge. This is very convenient when traveling to several areas that charge an entrance fee…..Please note that the passports are non-transferable.They can not be loaned to someone else.The pass belongs to the person who signs it.

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Golden Eagle Passport–This is an entrance pass to those national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas and national wild life refuges that charge an entrance fee. The golden Eagle passport costs $50 and is valid for one year from date of purchase. You may purchase a Golden Eagle Passport at any NPS entrance fee area or by mail send a $50 check or money order (do not send cash) to: National Park Service 1100 Ohio Drive, SW Room 138 , Washington, DC 20242, Attention: Golden Eagle   Passport

Canyonland

The Golden Eagle Passport admits the passholder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.Where entry is not by private vehicle,the passport admits the passholder, spouse, children, and parents.

The Golden Eagle Passport does not cover or reduce use fees, such as for swimming, camping parking,boat launching,or cave tours. It is valid for entrance fees only.

Mesa Verde

Golden Age Passport–This is a life time entrance pass for those 62 years or older. The Golden Age passport has a one time processing charge of $10.You must purchase a Golden Age Passport in person (it is not available by mail or telephone). This can be done,  at any NPS entrance fee area. At time of purchase you must show proof of age (be 62 years or older) and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

The golden Age Passport admits the passholder and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not in a private vehicle, the passport admits the passholder, spouse, children, and parents.

The Golden Age Passport also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as for camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, or cave tours. It does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

Golden Access Passport–This is a free lifetime entrance pass for persons who are blind or permanently disabled. It is available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States, regardless of age, who have been blind or permanently disabled. You may obtain a Golden Access Passport at any entrance fee area by showing proof of medically determined disability and eligibility for reciving benefits under the federal law.

The Golden Access Passport admits the passholder and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.Where entry is not in a private vehicle, the passport admits the passholder ,  spouse, children, and parents.

Carlsbad canyon-New Mexio

The Golden Access Passport also provides  a 50% discount for facilities and services such as for camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, or cave tours. It does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged.

There you are, my friends, an opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to visit our National Monuments and National Parks throughout this great country of ours, with a small  priced annual  pass-port. There are many National Parks and Army Corps of Engineers areas that have wonderful campgrounds available at a reasonable cost. (Citizens 62 years old and disabled persons get a 50% discount) The majority, if not all Nat’l Parks have a tenting  area. (Most of the A.C.E. campgrounds are on or close to lakes for boating etc).

You only have your children with you for such a short period of time in your lifetime. Don’t blow it. Get out and do things with them while you can. Take plenty of pictures to remind you of what they looked like and the fun you had, when you all get older. You will be glad that you did !

Happy Trails, My Friends, Happy Trails