I have been fortunate to have visited many beautiful places in my now 64 years; the grandeur of our canyons and sandstone formations in the Southwest US, the countryside and stately homes and gardens of England, Germany's Black forest region, the Alps of Germany, Austria and northern Switzerland, and the fiords of Norway come to mind. But there is no more wonderful place for me than Paradise on the southern flanks of the mountain, on a sunny July day, in Mt. Rainier National Park, here in Washington.
I took these photos three years ago today on my 61st birthday. I am revisiting my favorite place today through my photos. Next year I plan to be back there in person. Reflection Lake, just up the road from Paradise, was the site of our daughter's wedding in 2001.The wedding dinner was held in Paradise Inn, the old national park lodge. We all stayed overnight then, and Tom and I stayed there for my birthday three years ago. The lodge has just reopened after being refurbished. I plan to be on the guest list this time next year. Anyone care to join me?