Today (Wednesday, 8/29) I got a jump on the upcoming Labor Day weekend by climbing up to Mount Rainier's Camp Muir - and yes, it WAS a spectacular day.
Check out the pictures below and, if your computer can handle it, click on a picture to enjoy a full screen view.
Here is a classic late summer view of Mount Rainier, wildfolwers at the bottom and glaciers on top:
Warning: the next two pictures are of cuddly-looking marmots. If you are not a fan of such wildlife, you may want to scroll down further to the crevasse shots. Make sure to look toward the edge of the grass: two marmots are standing up touching noses.
Powerfull shot of a waterfall shooting off of a massive cliff and into the Nisqually glacier below.
Hey, I thought the Muir snowfield wasn't considered a glacier - the dry crevasse shown here indicates otherwise. I stayed wide of this area (except to take this picture) and tread on a small expanse of the "snowfield" for obvious reasons.
Oh, a little closer up (I know, it was too close) a portion of the crevasse looked like this:
Camp Muir - the buildings blend in with the rock: