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Mar 07 2012

The mountain is out

Lucky you: another pointless I’m at the airport post. Can’t be helped – I was early, having over-estimated how long it takes via bus-and-train (despite having done it before), and the plane is running half an hour late. I just saw it pull in, as a matter of fact.

But I’m not fussed. I was very calm and un-irritable all the way here, and I still am. I’m in a very peaceful sitting area with chairs and tables and a killer view of Mount Rainier, which is on view today despite general cloudiness. (Rainier is seldom on view, and Seattleites tend to notice when it is.)

SeaTac is being a great deal pleasanter than LAX was.

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  1. 1
    sailor1031

    love those lenticular clouds. beautiful.

  2. 2
    'Tis Himself

    SeaTac is being a great deal pleasanter than LAX was.

    Talk about faint praise.

  3. 3
    Godless Heathen

    I lived in Seattle for a year a few years ago.

    I think it’s so funny (in a good way) how they say “the mountain is out!”

  4. 4
    piero

    Oh, lenticular clouds! I’ve never seen them in my country. Lucky you!

  5. 5
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Apparently, the Mount Rainier Out Campaign was successful. How therapeutic and scary!

  6. 6
    Cujo359

    For much of the year, Mt. Rainier is a rare sight. In summer, though, it’s visible on most days.

    Lenticular clouds are somewhat rare in my experience, but they form around Rainier more than just about anywhere else around here.

  7. 7
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    This is why we put up with the clouds and the rain — the scenery, when we do get to see it, is freakin’ BEAUTIFUL.

  8. 8
    bcoppola

    Dang, wish we had a view like that at DTW.

  9. 9
    Ian MacDougall

    Now that is a view to kill for, or die for, or something. Wish we had it from our place.

    LAX: having done it once, one my one and only trip to the US, I would say that every traveller who gets successfully (however defined) through LAX deserves at least a Purple Heart.

    THe staff of LAX should all be required to go to Stockholm each year to receive a Nobel Prize.

    Each.

  10. 10
    Observer

    Thay say “the mountain is out” in Alaska, too, when Denali breaks into view. They probably say it everywhere you can find a gigantic mountain that is most frequently shrouded in clouds. When that happens, I’m filled with that sense of awe and grandeur that many believers think requires a belief in god to experience. It doesn’t. All it requires is that you open your eyes.

  11. 11
    tms

    My maternal grandfather used to run a dairy farm in the Orting valley, at the foot of Mt. Rainier. It’s so close to the mountain that the locals have regular lahar drills where the whole valley is evacuated. Because it was literally in my grandfather’s back yard, it was naturally, “Granpa’s mountain”, when I was a youngster.

    Carrying on the family tradition, I am happy to share it with the rest of you. :-)

  12. 12
    Claire Ramsey

    So so beautiful. The view out my bedroom window growing up and a frequent hallucination now that I don’t live there anymore. Bon Voyage!!!

  13. 13
    Godless Heathen

    @tms

    Because it was literally in my grandfather’s back yard, it was naturally, “Granpa’s mountain”, when I was a youngster.

    Awww, that’s so cute!

    I did love the views of Mt. Rainier, but, ultimately, I’d rather live somewhere flat than somewhere hilly/mountainous. I am just a Midwestern girl at heart!

  14. 14
    JoeBuddha

    Love the giant UFO’s!
    What with Mt. Rainier to the east and Puget Sound and the Olympics to the west, I live in the most awesome place on Earth! (that I’ve been to at least…)

  15. 15
    Boomer

    Are those flying suacers hovering about the summit?

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