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You might wonder how much sky is really there in this first picture. I say there is sky there, because Tuesday morning the sky came down to earth--at least the part of the earth where we were hiking, to sit there with us in the form of fog.
Narada Falls lies at 4400 feet elevation along the Paradise River. This is only a glimpse of part of its 241 feet drop--along with a glimpse of trees above shrouded in the fog.
We could climb back into the car and turn on the heater once we had satisfied our wondering eyes. The backpacking couple we met and took a picture for had to hike on. They had started their trip on the Wonderland Trail during the weekend when the temperatures were hovering near and above 100º F. in most Western Washington cities and in the 90ºs at the park. Since the Wonderland Trail circles the mountain for a distance of about 90 miles, they had a long wet trip ahead of them before the predicted dry weather from Friday on. Most Wonderland Trail hikers do the circuit in nine to eleven days.
Later in the morning, when we were hiking to Myrtle Falls with a ranger naturalist, the fog lifted enough for a peak at the Tatoosh Range south of Mt. Rainier. Well, maybe not the tops.
For the only peek we had at the peak, visit Paulie's photo from our afternoon hike, taken from the Nisqually River bed.