Mount Rainier National Park
It is time to leave Glacier National Park and head for the Canadian border. We however spontaneously postpone the border crossing a bit and, at Marion’s birthday wish, spend a few days in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. The stay at the foot of this active volcano of about 4400 meters of altitude is the perfect closure of our adventures in the United States.
Our stay at the Paradise Inn
During our stay in the national park, we stay at the Paradise Inn on the south side of the volcano. Built in 1916, this rustic hotel is located at the end of a mountain road at the foot of Mount Rainier. The construction of the hotel’s roof, which accounts for over two-thirds of the total building height, is stunning. Its pronounced A-frame is designed to allow heavy snow to slide off the roof in winter. This way, it does not put too much pressure on the roof and preserves the building.
We particularly enjoy the evenings at the Inn when the day trippers have gone home and the hotel is quiet again. For Marion’s birthday we have a simple but delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant. A good bottle of Pinot Noir from the neighboring state of Oregon is obviously not to be missed for the occasion. Satisfied and with a full stomach, we take our glasses of wine and finish the evening in the charming rustic lobby of the hotel. We play a few games of UNO while the pianist provides musical accompaniment in the background.