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Today the cold and threatening rain reminds me of scenery I saw in Washington state before getting to California (see previous post). The road there was also winding uphill, but stopping at 6,400 ft (1,920 m) even though Mt Rainier itself towered at 14,410 ft (4,320 m), literally lost in the clouds most of the time. The locals said only the lucky few would ever see the top of Mt Rainier without clouds.

Heavy rain clouds on mountain tops at Mt Rainier National Park.

Heavy rain clouds on mountain tops at Mt Rainier National Park.

Prior to reaching Mt Rainier National Park, the road went through a totally different landscape, dry and parched country dependent on center-pivot irrigation for cultivation. Along the road, sagebrush was the dominant vegetation.

Sagebrush and rocks at view point near Columbia River in Washington state.

Sagebrush and rocks at view point near Columbia River in Washington state.